Cowgirl tennis begins conference play with weekend slate

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Cowgirl tennis player Sofia Blanco

A familiar foe will be the first conference test for the Oklahoma State women’s tennis team, as the Kansas Jayhawks visit Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center Friday.

The Cowgirls (7-5) and Jayhawks face off in a rematch from the ITA Kickoff Weekend match that saw the Cowgirls win by a slim 4-3 margin.

OSU coach Chris Young said his team will not be surprised by anything that Kansas (9-2) throws at them. Young also talked about the previous match against Kansas what the Cowgirls can do better than they did in the first meeting.

“Last time we didn’t play real well in doubles, so we hope to change that and get off to a better start,” Young said. “Last time with losing the doubles, we were still able to get four singles wins. I think that we have a lot of confidence going into the match, but we know that it is going to be difficult.”

Cowgirl senior Sofia Blanco described the Cowgirls’ expectations for the match.

“They’re a very good doubles team,” Blanco said. “They are very loud and always bring a lot of energy. They are very competitive and I think that shows on the court.”

The Jayhawks enter the match on a high note. Kansas defeated Oregon 7-0 on March 3, bouncing back from a devastating 4-3 loss to Washington.

OSU will enter the match with a five-game win streak after it defeated Wichita State on the road Sunday. The Cowgirls won’t be home for long, as they travel to Ames to face the Cyclones after their two-game homestand with Kansas and Kansas State this weekend.

“I think it’s very good for us to start playing a match like Kansas at home since we have an advantage here,” Blanco said. “I think that it’s going to be a very special one for us if we can win on Friday.”