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Cowgirls Head South For Pair of Big 12 Road Tests

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Press Release OSU:

Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team will travel south for a pair of conference matches this weekend. The Cowgirls (12-5, 6-0 Big 12) will begin the weekend slate with a matchup against 17th-ranked Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Friday, April 11, at 5 p.m. The team will then head to Austin, Texas, for a showdown with No. 22 Texas on Sunday, April 13, at noon.

Cowgirl Tennis on TV

The Cowgirls' match against Texas will be the team's third televised match of the season. Fans can watch Sunday’s match on the Longhorn Network. Sam Gore and Jon Wiegand will be giving the call on the broadcast.

Last Time Out

The Cowgirls are coming off a weekend slate that saw the team take victories from Iowa State and West Virginia. Last Friday, the Cowgirls took down the Cyclones, 6-1, at the Greenwood Tennis Center. Katarina Adamovic notched the match-clinching win for the Cowgirls on three with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Meghan Cassens on three. On Sunday, the Cowgirls downed West Virginia, 7-0, in Stillwater. Freshman Megan McCray picked up the match-deciding win in her first time competing in the one spot for the Cowgirls. McCray overpowered Hailey Barrett of West Virginia, 6-2, 6-2, to pick up her sixth-straight win.

Eyeing the Opponents

The Baylor Bears enter Friday’s matchup with the Cowgirls with a 17-6 overall record and a 6-0 Big 12 record to match the Cowgirls’ conference mark. The Bears have notched seven-straight victories since March 21, four of which came against ranked opponents. Baylor is solid at home, posting a 12-3 record in matches at the Hurd Tennis Center. Four Bears boast spots in the ITA singles rankings, including Kiah Generette (No. 51), Jordaan Sanford (No. 56), Ema Burgic (No. 97) and Blair Shankle (No. 116). Shankle and Victoria Kisialeva represent Baylor in the ITA doubles rankings, coming in at No. 33. Coach Joey Scrivano leads the Bears in his 12th season at the helm in Waco.

After a 5-9 start to the season, the Texas Longhorns currently sit on a 10-9 overall record with a 5-1 conference record. The Longhorns have won five-straight since falling to TCU in their Big 12 opener on March 14. Texas is 7-5 within the confines of  the Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Three Longhorns appear in the ITA singles rankings, including Braunna Addison (No. 16), Ratnika Batra (No. 92) and Elizabeth Begley (No. 117). Addison and Pippa Horn are the lone Longhorns in the ITA doubles rankings, coming in at No. 69. Coach Patty Fendick-McCain leads the Longhorns in her ninth season at Texas.

Matchup History

The Cowgirls are 5-17 in matches against the Bears. The two team split matches in 2013, with the Bears taking the 5-2 win in Stillwater and the Cowgirls winning, 4-3, in the Big 12 conference semifinals. The Cowgirl win snapped a 12-match losing streak to Baylor.

Sunday will mark the 36th meeting between the Cowgirls and Longhorns. Texas has taken 31 of those first 35 meetings, including the last matchup when the two teams met in the 2013 Big 12 Championship. The Cowgirls’ last win over Texas came in a 4-3 victory over the Longhorns in 2012 at the DeBois Tennis Complex in Stillwater.

Cowgirls in the Rankings

The Cowgirls will enter this weekend’s matchups as the 23rd-ranked team in the nation, according to the latest team rankings released by the ITA this week. In singles, Viktoriya Lushkova (No. 78) held down a top-100 ranking. The Cowgirls saw one of their doubles squads increase its spot in the polls, as Kanyapat Narattana and Viktoriya Lushkova jumped to No. 49 after previously holding the No. 65 spot two weeks ago. Narattana and Lushkova were victorious at No. 1 doubles in wins over Kansas, Kansas State and West Virginia.

On a Roll

The Cowgirls have been on a roll of late, posting eight-straight victories since March 2. Oklahoma State is also 6-0 in Big 12 play, marking the first time since 1991 that a Cowgirl tennis team has started conference play with that mark.

Freshmen Making Their Mark

Freshmen Megan McCray and Carla Tur Mari have each posted at least 20 overall singles wins during their time at Oklahoma State, making them the 10th and 11th freshmen in the Big 12 era to reach that mark. McCray joins current Cowgirls Kanyapat Narattana and Maria Alvarez on the list of Oklahoma State players to reach the 20-win mark as freshmen.

Two in the Top 25

This week, Oklahoma State is part of the list of 14 schools that have both men's and women's tennis teams ranked in the ITA top 25.

The Oklahoma State men's and women's tennis teams are slotted at No. 24 and No. 23, respectively, in the ITA team rankings. Before the release of the rankings last month, the Cowboy and Cowgirl tennis teams had simultaneously appeared in the ITA top 25 only three times: 1985, 1986, and 2003.

The Mighty Fall

The Cowgirls have knocked off a top-15 opponent in each of the last three seasons, the last being the 4-2 victory over 14th-ranked Oklahoma in Stillwater last month. The Cowgirls downed 6th-ranked Texas, 4-3, in Stillwater in 2012 to begin the streak. In 2013, Oklahoma State defeated No. 12 Nebraska, 5-2, in San Diego.

Around the Big 12

Oklahoma State and Baylor remain undefeated atop the Big 12 totem pole, both holding six wins past the halfway point of conference play. Oklahoma and Texas are tied at second with matching 5-1 records. Oklahoma is coming off a pair home wins over Iowa State and West Virginia last weekend while Texas downed Kansas and Kansas State on a Big 12 road trip. Texas Tech sits in fifth place with a 4-3 record, followed by 3-4 TCU. The two Kansas schools come in tied in sixth with matching 2-4 marks. Iowa State and West Virginia round out the pack with 0-8 records.

No Trouble in Doubles

Oklahoma State has been impressive in doubles this season, taking 11 of the 14 total doubles points in 2014. Kanyapat Narattana and Viktoriya Lushkova have been a force for the Cowgirls on one doubles. Narattana and Lushkova have racked up 11 wins since teaming up in Jan., in the Cowgirls' match against Tulsa. Karyn Guttormsen and Katarina Adamovic have notched a 7-1 record as a tandem on three. The duo of Maria Alvarez and Carla Tur Mari has posted an 8-2 record on two.

Top Ten and Counting

Cowgirl Kanyapat Narattana's huge fall season propelled the senior into the top ten in the Oklahoma State record books for both career singles and doubles wins in the Big 12 era. Narattana currently holds 69 career singles victories, good for sixth in the record book. Narattana has also notched 68 doubles wins during her time in Stillwater, and sits in eighth place.

Nifty 50

With the win over Minnesota in February, Cowgirl tennis coach Chris Young notched his 50th win since taking over the reins. Young is the fourth women's tennis coach in Oklahoma State history to reach 50 wins while with the program.

Fantastic Freshmen

Freshmen Megan McCray, Carla Tur Mari and Viktoriya Lushkova have been outstanding for the Cowgirls since arriving in Stillwater. McCray has notched a 22-8 overall singles record this far into her freshman season. Lushkova has posted 14 singles wins and 15 doubles wins since joining the team before the spring season. Tur Mari has racked up a 20-14 overall singles record in her first season as a Cowgirl.
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