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Cowgirl tennis falls to USC to close out road trip

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Ayumi Miyamoto

Ayumi Miyamoto fist bumps coach Chris Young during Oklahoma State's dual vs Missouri on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Greenwood Tennis Center, Stillwater, OK. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

The No. 13 Oklahoma State women’s tennis team concluded its west coast road trip with a loss 6-1 to No.17 USC.

The Cowgirls had the upper hand early on in doubles play as Ayumi Miyamoto and Bunyawi Thamchaiwat defeated Naomi Cheong and Eryn Cayetano, 6-2.

USC would not be denied the doubles point, however, as they prevailed on court three as the Trojan duo of Salma Ewing and Clare Mckee defeated Alana Wolfberg and Lenka Stara in a hard-fought tiebreaker, 7-6.

Coach Chris Young changed his doubles lineup Saturday to try to gain that elusive doubles point.

‘‘We had our opportunities to secure that point, but we have got to be tougher in doubles situations it changes the complexion of the match, the lesson of toughness is what carries over from this weekend,’’ Young said.

In singles action, USC took control early and never looked back. OSU’s Alana Wolfberg fell to Naomi Cheong, 6-4, 6-1. Summer Dvorak defeated OSU’s Lenka Stara 6-4, 6-3 to give USC its match-clinching point.

Young still sees a lot of work for his team to reach their goals.

‘‘We got exposed,” Young said. “We must get more fit, have better footwork and we can’t continue to put ourselves in difficult situations.’’

The Cowgirls have a two week break before they face Tulsa on March 13.