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Dariya Detkovskaya thought the ball landed beyond the baseline.

The ITA Chair Umpire, whose name was unavailable disagreed.

He overruled Detkovskaya’s call and awarded Missouri’s Marta Oliveria a crucial point in the third set.

Chaos ensued in the Greenwood Tennis Center.

Missouri coach Chris Wootton and his team ecstatically cheered with pumped fists.

Roughly 50 season ticket holders in agreement immediately booed.

Detkovskaya crouched to her knees in shock.

Suddenly, Cowgirls head coach Chris Young adjusted his OSU branded neck gaiter over his nose, walked across court three and passionately voiced his disagreement with the umpire.

At this point, this No. 3 singles match was the last one to finish. With the dual tied at three, every moment was critical.

With Oliveria given the point, the Portuguese native had tied the decisive third set at five all after trailing 1-4.

“The guy in the chair does a good job,” Young said. I don’t like when officials get too involved with the match.”

The argument lasted about two minutes until Young, and everyone had calmed down.

Despite the controversy, Young was pleased with the way both teams handled the situation after calming down.

At this point, this No. 3 singles match was the last one to finish. With the dual tied at three, every moment was critical.

Eventually, Detkovskaya rallied to win the match 6-7, 6-1, 6-6 (7-3) and the dual (4-3) via third set tiebreaker.

“Ultimately, this second match deserved to come down to a third set tiebreaker,” Young said. Dariya stepped up to win.”

Detkovskaya credited her teammates and OSU supporters for cheering her to victory.

Following the finale of the doubleheader, Young joined Missouri’s post-match huddle and delivered some encouragement.

“I have a lot of respect for their program. and I told them that,” Young said. “That was a great college tennis match and it sucks that someone had to lose.”

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