Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team (11-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) is headed to the Sunshine State for a non-conference road test against UCF (7-6 overall; 0-0). The action will begin on Sunday at 11 am (CST) when the Knights host the Cowgirls in Orlando, Florida.
Following the Action
Sunday’s match can be viewed at this link: https: // bit.ly/3w3O4UO. Fans can also follow along with live stats at https://bit.ly/3w27oBC.
In the Rankings
Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team checked in at No. 9 in the latest ITA Top 25 rankings. Freshman Mhai Sawangkaew earned the highest singles ranking of any Cowgirl as she landed at No. 34, while Cowgirl veteran Lisa Marie Rioux jumped 10 spots to No. 40. Newcomer Oona Orpana remained at the No. 82 spot in the rankings. Both undefeated Cowgirl doubles duos rose in the top 60. Ayumi Miyamoto and Lisa Marie Rioux jumped to No. 22 and Mhai Sawangkaew and Martina Zerulo climbed to No. 38. Mhai Sawangkaew and Ayumi Miyamoto checked in at No. 63.
The two teams have split the previous two meetings with each side owning one win apiece. The last time OSU faced UCF dates back to last season when the Cowgirls lost, 4-2.
Oklahoma State From a Distance
Oklahoma State’s ninth-ranked Cowgirl tennis team ran its winning streak to 10 after completing an undefeated start to Big 12 play in its conference-opening homestand. OSU started the weekend completing its seventh sweep of the year after dominating Kansas State, 4-0. The Cowgirls moved to 11-1 on the season and added another top 25 win to its resume taking down then-No. 24 Kansas to finish off the weekend. This season, OSU returns Alana Wolfberg, Dariya Detkovskaya, Ayumi Miyamoto and Lora Boggs from last year’s team. OSU signed Sofia Rojas, Oona OrpanaMhai Mananchaya and Martina Zerulo. The veterans and Cowgirl newcomers have played a large role in the team’s early success. OSU set the stage this fall for high expectations like the spring season between the three returners and five signees. Freshman Mhai Sawangkaew has answered the call for OSU. Playing on court two for the Cowgirls in singles, Sawangkaew holds an undefeated record. In addition, two-time All-American Lisa Marie Rioux leads OSU on court one in singles with a 4-1 mark on the season, including a win over the nation’s top-ranked singles player. OSU has won the doubles point in 10 out of 11 matches, led by two undefeated duos in Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto on court two and Alana Wolfberg and Oona Orpana on court three. Martina Zerulo and Mhai Sawangkaew have been impressive on court one, holding a 7-1 record this season. To close out February, OSU was crowned champions at the Blue Gray Tennis Classic after winning three matches in two days. The Cowgirls swept Yale and Furman while adding another top 25 win to its resume taking down then-No. 18 Wake Forest in the finals. The Cowgirls showed off their depth at ITA Kickoff weekend competing without two-time All-American Lisa Marie Rioux. OSU went 1-1, finishing the weekend with a 4-0 shutout of 21st-ranked LSU. OSU dropped a hard-fought match against No. 11 Ohio State, 4-1, on day one of play. OSU picked up a 5-2 win over preseason top-25 opponent Princeton to begin the spring dual season.
Streaks and Trends
• The Cowgirls enter the contest on a 10-match winning streak.
• OSU has won the doubles point in 10 out of 11 matches.
• The Cowgirls enter their seventh consecutive week ranked in the top 25.
• Mhai Sawangkaew holds a perfect 10-0 clip on the year in singles play.
•Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto enter play on a nine-game win streak in doubles play.
An Oklahoma State Win Would …
• Improve OSU’s all-time record to 2-1 against UCF.
• Give OSU an 11-match winning streak during the 2022 season.
• Give OSU its first road victory of the season.
• Give OSU its seventh top 25 win this spring.