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Despite competitive singles, Waves shutout Cowgirls

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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

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

For two sets, Bunyawi Thamchaiwat led the No. 1 ranked singles player in the country.

No. 13 Oklahoma State (5-3) jetted out to Malibu, California, and battled No. 4 Pepperdine (5-2) a participant of the ITA National Indoor Championships in Stillwater in early February.

Pepperdine used a win in the doubles portion of the match to shutout the Cowgirls 4-0.

Coach Chris Young was frustrated with the slow start OSU showed in doubles.

OSU’s No. 3 pairing of Alana Wolfberg and Daniella Medvedeva dropped their third match of the season 6-0 to Pepperdine’s Taisiya Pachkaleva and Lisa Zaar.

Dariya Detkovskaya and Lenka Stara won two games but were defeated by Ashley Lahey and Nikki Redelijk of the Waves.

In the singles portion, only No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 matches finished — all Pepperdine wins, but the Cowgirls battled with the best.

Especially in no. 2 singles.

No. 24 Thamchaiwat led No. 1 Ashley Lahey — a 2018 NCAA runner-up 5-0 in the first set. Thamchaiwat fended off Leahy for the set win after she won for straight games. Thamchaiwat claimed the first set 6-4 but was shut out 6-0 in the second.

“Bunyawi’s level was so high after those five sets, and Lahey just started playing free,” Young said.

When the match was abandoned, Thamchaiwat led the decisive third set 3-0.

“She outplayed the No. 1 player in the country,” Young said.

In No. 3 singles, OSU’s Ayumi Miyamoto won her first set over No. 12 Shirori Fukuda 7-5.

Although OSU’s top four singles players competed closely with Pepperdine, Young said his team needs to get better at the bottom of the lineup.

“Pepperdine is No. 4 for a reason,” Young said. “They’re going to compete for a national title. Today, we saw where we needed to improve to get there ourselves."

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