Cowgirls sweep Sooners on Senior Day

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OSU senior Marina Guinart celebrates the singles victory during the No. 9 Oklahoma State women's tennis match against No. 6 Texas at Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center on March 31, 2019.

Senior Marina Guinart couldn’t be the only one to lose.

Guinart was the last one on the court, facing Oklahoma’s Camila Romero in her third set. After watching match point speed past her opponent, she spun and raised her hands in celebration, tossing her racket to the side.

The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team sent its seniors out on a high note, sweeping Oklahoma 7-0 on Sunday afternoon at Greenwood Tennis Center.

Each of the three Cowgirl seniors handled the emotions of Senior Day a little differently. But they all came out with victories.

Guinart let nerves get to her initially. She started tight, falling behind 5-2 in her first set.

But from that point on, she began to settle in. Guinart nearly came back to take the first set, then cruised the final two sets for a 5-7, 6-0, 6-4 victory.

“I started really nervous,” Guinart said. “I couldn’t control my body and my strokes. Then the second set (Romero) started being a little bit tight, and I got more confident.

“It cannot be better. This is a match to remember.”

Guinart’s response impressed OSU coach Chris Young, who said Romero played the best tennis of any OU player on the day.

After victories from Catherine Gulihur and Bunyawi Thamchaiwat, Sofia Blanco was the first senior to get on the board.

She played one of her best matches of the season, dominating from start to finish in a straight-set victory.

Blanco was focused and intense during her match, letting out a couple big fist pumps after important points. On the year, she is () with her only loss coming after getting injured against UCLA.

Blanco said her hard work has gotten her to where she is now as a player.

“I knew when I wasn’t playing (early in my career), that my job is to be outside cheering and working hard,” Blanco said. “My time will come. I think it really paid off. I can’t believe four years has gone by.”

Katie Stresnakova, the final of OSU’s seniors, had a matchup with one of the best players in the country on Court 1.

Even after starting play with a doubles loss, she kept a smile on her face for Senior Day.

“Today I really wanted to win,” Stresnakova said. “But I went on the court and I was like, ‘I just want to have fun. I really want to enjoy it.’ It really paid off and I played very well.”

Stresnakova’s first set was back-and-forth with No. 23 Oleksandra Korashvil, making it to a tiebreaker. But there, Stresnakova turned on the heat.

She won the first six points of the tiebreaker, taking the first set then carrying that momentum into the second, which she won 6-1.

The crowd outside at Greenwood Tennis Center was in full force Sunday, with fans erupting after every critical point. A good amount of people filled up both sides of the stands for Bedlam.

“We got so much support from the crowd,” Stresnakova said. “It’s insane.

“I feel beyond happy. It doesn’t get better than beating OU 7-0 on Senior Day.”

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