Cowgirl Tennis Drops Bedlam Heartbreaker

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team showed a valiant effort in a tremendous fight, but the No. The 12 Cowgirls dropped a narrow 4-3 decision to the second-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Friday at the Greenwood Tennis Center.

With the loss, the Cowgirls fell to 16-4 overall and 7-2 in Big 12 play on the year.

Oklahoma won two of the three doubles matches to collect opening points. No. 14 Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto The Ropes on the Sixth-ranked Duo in the Nation, but fell to Carmen and Ivana Corley, 6-2. Mhai Sawangkaew and Dariya Detkovskaya OU’s Layne Sleeth and Alexandra Pisareva, 6-2 giving the Sooners the doubles point, just moments after their match.

Martina Zerulo and Oona Orpana got off to a slow start but rebounded, taking two straight games against a promising comeback effort of Anchisa Chanta and Dana Guzman of Oklahoma.

OSU was propelled by four singles out of four first-set performances from the top singles action, followed by three OSU points. Oona Orpana Ushered an impressive response to defeat 104th-ranked Dana Guzman, 6-0, 6-4. Get on the Cowgirls on the board.

Ayumi Miyamoto Oklahoma’s Emma Staker, 6-3, 6-2, in a match where the outcome was never in question, answered the court six on the evening. After a near-perfect first set, Mhai Sawangkaew prevailed in a tight second set, earning her a 6-1, 7-5 victory over the Cowgirls.

Sofia Rojas dropped her match to Alexandra Pisareva, 6-1, 6-1. Martina Zerulo got off to a slow start, but trailed after a battled back 4-1 in the second set to fall, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) to Sooner Anchisa Chanta.

The match came down to the top court featuring elite competitors in the midst of a battle of many momentum shifts. No. 27 Lisa Marie Rioux and 14th-ranked Layne Sleeth went for a match in the blow for the third set. Rioux dominated the first set, 6-1. The next two were on point, and Rioux fell short after a hard-fought battle, 6-1, 5-7, 5-7.

The Cowgirls will look to regroup and get ready for the day following the men’s match, which starts at noon.

Results:
Singles competition
1. # 14 Layne Sleeth (OKLAHOMA) def. # 27 Lisa Marie Rioux (WOSU22) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
2. # 51 Mhai Sawangkaew (WOSU22) def. # 47 Carmen Corley (OKLAHOMA) 6-1, 7-5
3. Anchisa Chanta (OKLAHOMA) def. Martina Zerulo (WOSU22) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
4. Oona Orpana (WOSU22) def. # 104 Dana Guzman (OKLAHOMA) 6-0, 6-4
5. Alexandra Pisareva (OKLAHOMA) def. Sofia Rojas (WOSU22) 6-1, 6-1
6. Ayumi Miyamoto (WOSU22) def. Emma Staker (OKLAHOMA) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. # 6 Carmen Corley / Ivana Corley (OKLAHOMA) def. # 14 Lisa Marie Rioux/Ayumi Miyamoto (WOSU22) 6-2
2. Layne Sleeth / Alexandra Pisareva (OKLAHOMA) def. Mhai Sawangkaew /Dariya Detkovskaya (WOSU22) 6-2
3. Oona Orpana/Martina Zerulo (WOSU22) vs. Anchisa Chanta / Dana Guzman (OKLAHOMA) 2-4, unfinished

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