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Cowboys face familiar foe to open NCAA tournament

Cowboy Tennis

Members of the Cowboy tennis team gathered in the Varsity Room inside Gallagher-Iba Arena Monday evening to learn their destination for the NCAA tournament.

Oklahoma State (15-11, 1-4 Big 12) will travel to Los Angeles to compete at the UCLA regional along with Grand Canyon University and familiar foe Ole Miss. The Cowboys will play their opening round against the Rebels, looking to avenge a 4-3 loss in Stillwater earlier this season.

The winner of the match will play the winner of the match between Grand Canyon and UCLA in the second round of matches. 

OSU coach Jay Udwadia mentioned some of the changes the Cowboys have experienced since their early season meeting back in February with the Rebels and the adjustments made for the first match of the NCAA tournament. 

“A lot of things have happened since then,” Udwadia said. “I don’t know what our lineup was, I’m sure it’s changed since then. So it will be someone we’re familiar with, but it will be different matchups for sure.”

Ole Miss enters the tournament as the No. 31 team in the country. The Rebels lost to conference foe Alabama in the second round of the SEC tournament prior to their selection. In the first meeting between the teams this season, Cowboy Junior Mathieu Scaglia lost the deciding match 7-6 (13-11), 6-2 in what was OSU's second loss of the season.

The No. 23 Cowboys are coming off a Big 12 tournament run that saw them defeat No. 7 TCU in the opening round. The NCAA tournament berth marks the Cowboys' sixth straight appearance, the longest streak since the Cowboys appeared seven straight times from 2003-2009.

The opening round of the tournament will begin on Friday for the Cowboys.

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