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Cowgirls complete Day 1 of ITA tournament

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Ayumi Miyamoto serves in her match against Missouri on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Greenwood Tennis Center. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

The Oklahoma State women's tennis team's courage and effort were on full display at the Greenwood Tennis Center this Friday to begin the ITA indoor national championship tournament.

The team entered its opening match of the weekend against UCLA shorthanded due to COVID-19 protocols and regulations. As a result, only four players took the court in the matchup Friday.

The Cowgirls quartet consisted of Lora Boggs, Daniella Medvedeva, Ayumi Miyamoto and Bunyawi Thamchaiwat.

In doubles play, the quartet for the Cowgirls had to forfeit court three, which meant UCLA had to only win one of the two remaining courts to secure the doubles point.

The duo of Ayumi Miyamoto and Bunyawi Thamchaiwat fought especially hard and held their ground at one point leading the UCLA duo of Annette Goulak Vivian Wolff 3-2.

The Cowgirls showed valiant effort in singles play as well, despite having to forfeit two matches. UCLA's Annette Goulak defeated Lora Boggs 2-6, 0-6 for the match deciding point.

Coach Chris Young was proud of the resiliency his team showed despite the adversity of being down crucial players and sees positives from the performance that ended in a dual loss for the Cowgirls by a score of 4-0.

‘‘It was a challenge on me to get them ready to play tonight after the match,” Young said. ”It wasn’t a challenge at all, they saw what they were capable of, everybody is proud of the way they competed. The Cowgirls fought hard tonight, and we learned a lot about ourselves. There are positives as a leader and a coach, you must always find the positives. It may not look like it now, but maybe this weekend serves as a difference for us.’’