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Cowgirl tennis preview: 3 players to spot this season

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Martina Zerulo

Martina Zerulo, a sixth-year from Italy, highlights the experience on a Cowgirls tennis team with many new faces.

With half of the starting roster not returning, the Cowgirls look to reload.

The OSU Cowgirl tennis team is gearing up for its spring season, and with it, a  new slew of impact players. As the spring season is rapidly approaching, here are three names to look for out of this shifted Cowgirl tennis roster. The Cowgirls open their season Friday at the Freeman Memorial Invite in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Martina Zerulo

The most experienced Cowgirl on the roster, Zerulo enters her sixth and final season as a collegiate tennis player. Although recovering from injury during the offseason, the graduate student will make an immediate impact on the court in her return. Zerulo played on court three for a majority of the last season, just behind Lisa Marie Rioux and Mananchaya Sawangkaew. With neither of these players returning, Zerulo will add some much-needed high level experience to this group of Cowgirls.

Kristina Novak

With the uncertainty of the roster during the summer, the Cowgirls’ head coach, Chris Young, landed an impact player in the transfer portal in Novak. Transferring in from Nebraska, Novak was the highest rated Cowgirl in the ITA preseason rankings. Novak is also no stranger to Big 12 opponents, as Nebraska faced the likes of Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech the season before. Having already played three years of collegiate tennis, Novak is another piece that adds depth to this semi-battle tested squad.

Sophia Rojas

Rojas is entering her second year as a Cowgirl, and it may just be a step up from her previous freshman season. While residing in the lower numbered courts last year, many of Rojas’ matches were tightly fought, allowing Rojas to gain more experience. The development of her game has seemingly escalated, as Rojas won the ITA Intercollegiate Championships during the fall. Obviously, this accomplishment displays major flashes of growth for Rojas and her game. If anyone from last year’s roster is going to make a giant leap forward in production, Rojas is top of the list.

The Cowgirls roster is surprisingly deep despite losing the teams two biggest impact players from last year. With just the right mix of experience and developmental play, this OSU team has a chance to make a statement within the Big 12 thanks to the help of these three players and the rest of the Cowgirl tennis team.