Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team (14-3 overall; 5-1 Big 12) hits the road this weekend to continue its road gauntlet, starting at West Virginia (7-13 overall; 0-6 Big 12) on Friday at 4 pm ( CST) in Morgantown and finishing at Iowa State (14-3 overall; 3-3 Big 12) on Sunday at 11 am (CST), in Ames, Iowa.
Following the Action
Friday’s match against West Virginia can be viewed at this link: https://okla.st/3jfgP9q. Fans can also follow along with live stats at https://okla.st/3jf6xWF. Sunday’s match will have live stats accessible at https: // stats. statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?
In the Rankings
Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team checked in at No. 12 in the latest ITA Top 25 rankings. This marks the 11th consecutive week the Cowgirls have appeared in the top 25 poll. In addition to the team rankings, four Cowgirls were ranked in the ITA Tennis Division I women’s tennis rankings. The national rankings feature the top 125 singles players and the top 60 doubles teams in the country. Cowgirl Veteran Lisa Marie Rioux earned the highest singles ranking of any Cowgirl as she landed at No. 26, while freshman Mhai Sawangkaew checked in at No. 39. Two Cowgirl duos earned a spot in the top 60, including the dominant court one tandem of Ayumi Miyamoto and Lisa Marie Riouxwho checked in at No. 19. Mhai Sawangkaew and Martina Zerulo are the 66th- ranked duo in the nation.
Oklahoma State holds a 7-0 all-time record against West Virginia. Against Iowa State, the Cowgirls are 44-0 all time. The series between the Cowgirls and Cyclones dates back to the first match in 1980.
Oklahoma State From a Distance
OSU put together another complete showing to finish off last weekend, improving to 14-3 on the season and 5-1 in Big 12 play. The Cowgirls notched their third-straight win and second consecutive road victory. OSU is fresh off back-to-back conference road victories. The Cowgirls faced Texas Tech last Friday on a windy evening in Lubbock, but that didn’t stop OSU from putting together a strong performance to earn its first road victory of the 2021-22 season and spoil Texas Tech’s four-match win streak. Two days later, OSU registered another complete effort, taking down TCU, 4-1, to finish off the weekend to improve to 14-3 on the season and 5-1 in Big 12 play. The Cowgirls notched their third-straight win and second consecutive road victory. The winning streak started at the end of March when OSU closed out its conference homestand with a top 25 win on, dominating then-No. 22 Baylor in Stillwater, 5-2. It was an exciting match the Cowgirls controlled from start to finish. Two days before the Baylor match, OSU dropped a hard-fought match to then-No. 6 Texas, 4-1. OSU held a 10-match winning streak that was snapped after dropping a hard-fought contest against UCF, 4-3. Before the UCF match, OSU completed an undefeated start to Big 12 play in its conference-opening homestand, where the Cowgirls started the weekend completing their seventh sweep of the year after dominating Kansas State, 4-0. OSU 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 success this spring. 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 a 13-1 record. In addition, two-time All-American Lisa Marie Rioux leads OSU on court one in singles with a 8-2 mark on the season, including a win over the nation’s top-ranked singles player. In addition, Martina Zerulo has been steady, holding an 9-2 record on court three. OSU has won the doubles point in 12 out of 16 matches, led by the duo of Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto. The nation’s 14th-ranked ranked duo holds an 12-2 clip on the 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 their 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 pre-season top-25 opponent Princeton to begin the spring dual season.
Streaks and Trends
• OSU holds a 7-0 all-time record against West Virginia.
• OSU has never been defeated by Iowa State dating back to the first match between the two programs in 1980.
• Iowa State has only scored 25 points against OSU in 44 all-time matches.
• OSU has won the doubles point in 12 out of 16 matches.
• The Cowgirls enter their 11th consecutive week ranked in the top 25.
• Mhai Sawangkaew holds a 13-1 record on the year in singles play.
•Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto enter this weekend having won 12 out of their last 14 matches.
An Oklahoma State Win Would …
• Make it 8-0 all-time vs. West Virginia
• Make it 45-0 all-time vs. Iowa State
• Give OSU its third and fourth consecutive road wins.
• Extend the Cowgirls’ winning streak to five.