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Cowgirls open Big 12 play with win against Kansas State

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Oklahoma State Cowgirls vs Missouri Tigers Tennis Match, Saturday, January 16, 2021, Greenwood Tennis Center, Stillwater, OK. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

Alana Wolfberg serves against Missouri on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the Greenwood Tennis Center. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

Spring break may be underway, but the Cowgirls certainly did not give Kansas State a break Friday.

The Cowgirl tennis team swept KSU in the Big 12 opener with a score of 4-0. Points of the match came from doubles, Mananchaya Sawangkaew, Ayumi Miyamoto, and Martina Zerulo.

One of the biggest headlines of the night was Junior Alana Wolfberg making her home season debut after battling a wrist injury. She paired up with freshman Oona Orpana during doubles, a newly formed duo for the Cowgirls.

“It’s an amazing feeling to finally be back competing beside the girls,” Wolfberg said. “It’s pretty rewarding doing all of the rehab for months and putting in all this time outside the court just to be able to practice 10 minutes then to finally be able to play four months later. It’s rewarding.”

A rematch was played during the Cowgirls’ bout against Kansas State, as OSU freshman Sawangkaew faced off against Kansas State Senior Maria Linares. During the Big 12 Fall Championships, Linares had the upper hand during the match between the two, but she had to forfeit due to an ankle injury. Despite the last faceoff being a struggle for Sawangkaew, this match painted a different narrative. Sawangkaew won handily, winning both sets 6-1.

“I think that is what we wanted to see. Mhai could really show her improvement,” Coach Chris Young said. “I think her footwork, her movement, her overall confidence. She had to stay on the baseline and take time away from Linares. What Linares does is she moves the ball around a lot and so that gave Mhai a lot of trouble during the Fall, but it doesn’t anymore.”

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