Sometimes, the best way to show superiority against an opponent is to let each side’s top players scrap it out and see who comes out on top.
That is exactly what happened Friday night in the Michael and Ann Greenwood Tennis Center before a large and energetic crowd. No. 16 Oklahoma State defeated Arkansas 6-1 on the back of its top players.
OSU’s ( 6-1) domination - oddly enough - started out with a closely contested doubles point. Alana Wolfberg and Dariya Detkovskaya lost their match, but the loss was balanced out with a win from OSU teammates Bunyawi Thamchaiwat and Lenka Stara, meaning the point would come down to the play of Lisa Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto. The two players make up the No. 17 doubles team in the nation, but their opponents came in ranked No. 34.
It was here the top players on the Cowgirls bested the top players on the Razorbacks (2-2). Rioux and Miyamoto battled to a 6-5 lead and soon after won the match - and the doubles point - on a close in bound/out of bounds call.
The singles matches were not as closely contested. OSU won points in five out of the six. The ability of Thamchaiwat and Miyamoto to each take down an opponent ranked in the top-125 proved critical in the OSU victory. The part of their play that allowed them to succeed against Arkansas’ top players and impressed coach Chris Young was
“The fact that they stayed tough, made a lot of balls and competed really well.”
No. 29 Thamchaiwat has no fear of her opponents, regardless of their rankings.
“When I play, I don’t know what ranking my opponent is, I just play” she added “I’m not scared of facing a ranked opponent because I have my ranking too.”