Henner Nehles, associate head coach of the Oklahoma State women's tennis team, said he is confident of the way the Cowgirls will respond.
“We’ve just got to get better every day and just keep working,” Nehles said. “We don’t want to go into the season where we think, 'now that we are, just going to let it ride.' There’s still opportunity, even this week, for individuals to get better every day.”
The team will host its final home matches of the regular season as the Cowgirls take on Central Florida and Oklahoma at Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center.
OSU (14-6, 5-1 Big 12) enters the weekend matches following a competitive loss to Texas in the battle of teams undefeated in conference play.
Nehles said the Cowgirls expect a lot of energy from UCF.
“They are a very competitive team with good energy,” Nehles said. “So it’s something like Texas in terms of energy. It’s just another match that we have to get ready to compete against.”
Nehles spoke about the emotions and the expectations for OSU's senior day.
“I feel like they are going to play really good on their senior day,” Nehles said. “Sometimes they can create panic or nerves, but I actually think all the seniors have been doing a great job all their career and this season also. I do expect them to actually enjoy themselves.”
Seniors Sofia Blanco, Katie Stresnakova and Marina Guinart get the chance to finish off their home careers with a Bedlam matchup.
“The best thing about OSU tennis is the crowd and how many people come to support us," Stresnakova said.
Though Bedlam is not until Sunday, the Cowgirls are not looking ahead of the match against UCF. Senior Marina Guinart said the Cowgirls are focused ahead of the final home weekend of the season.
“I think first we need to focus on the match against UCF and then again the match against OU,” Guinart said. “And doing these things, I think we’ve been doing pretty good, so we just have to keep doing what we are doing.”
The matches are set to start Friday at 5 p.m. against UCF (18-2) and Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Sooners (14-5, 4-2 Big 12).