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Cowgirls tennis prepares for NCAA appearance in Tallahassee

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Oklahoma State's women's tennis team will travel to Tallahassee, Florida, for the first and second rounds of the NCAA women's championship Friday afternoon at The Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.

In a season marred with inconsistency, Oklahoma State struggled to find its footing early. Led by senior Bunyawi Thamchiwat and sophomore Alanna Wolfberg, the Cowgirls would open Big 12 play losing three of their first four conference matches before finding their stride late.

The Cowgirls closed out the regular season on a four game winning streak before losing to Oklahoma in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.

The Cowgirls enter the tournament with an 11-11 overall record and a 4-4 record in Big 12 play. 

The at-large bid marks the Cowgirl's ninth consecutive NCAA appearance, the second-longest streak in program history.

OSU comes in with one player with NCAA tournament experience, Bunyawi Thamchiwat, as last season's tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thamchiwat's role as a leader is one; she relishes and often translates to her play on and off the court.

"Bunyawi isn't one to really talk, but when she does, the girls take notice and listen; she leads by example." Coach Chris Young said.

 OSU is slated to take on Auburn (13-8; 7-6 SEC) at 1 p.m. Friday with a victory the Cowgirls would face the winner of Alabama State and Florida State.

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