Cowgirls soundly defeat Central Arkansas

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Lisa Marie Rioux during the No. 11 Oklahoma State vs. Wichita State women's tennis match on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater.

The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team continued the momentum it built on Saturday by beating Central Arkansas 4-0 on Sunday afternoon. 

A lively crowd was on hand to watch the doubles portion of the matchup. The Cowgirls (3-0) have had some prior experience with the Bears in doubles and knew they would be no pushover. 

“We knew UCA was going to be really good in doubles, especially their first team, because we played them in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year,” coach Chris Young said. 

The Cowgirls played well to handle the Bears in the first two matches of doubles and took an overall lead 1-0. Young correctly predicted stiff competition in the final doubles matchup that was not finished because the point had already been won. The Cowgirls dropped the first two sets but rallied to take a 5-3 lead. 

The Cowgirls came out of the five-minute halftime break strong. Across the board, they won the first 17 sets of singles.  

Singles mirrored the doubles portion by providing one competitive match. Lisa Marie Rioux, a junior from Okinawa, Japan, fell behind 4-3 when her opponent delivered a strong serve when the score was 40-40. Rioux then mounted a comeback, but just like the doubles portion, the closest match was cut short after the Cowgirls scored the deciding point. 

OSU swept Central Arkansas 4-0 on the back of three freshman point scorers Alana Wolfberg, Dariya Detkovskaya and Lenka Stara. The performances from Wolfberg and Stara are especially noteworthy because they each surrendered only one set. 

Confidence is something that the Cowgirls aren’t short on but will need as they prepare to play their fourth opponent in two days. OSU will welcome in-state opponent Oral Roberts into the Greenwood Tennis Center just four hours after defeating the UCA Bears.

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