It didn’t take long for Alana Wolfberg, a freshman on the Oklahoma State women’s tennis team, to make a name for herself within the lineup during the first half of a doubleheader with Central Arkansas and Oral Roberts.
After a strong showing in the doubles point, Wolfberg made her way over to Court 4 to face Central Arkansas’ Jaeun Lee. But little did she know that the match would be a race toward the finish line from the start.
Wolfberg started her match on fire, sweeping the opening set of the match and keeping pace with sophomore Bunyawi Thamchaiwat for honors of reaching the second set quickest. She also managed to get out to a 3-0 lead in the second set before dropping her only game of the afternoon.
“Coming off of that first set so hot, I definitely wanted to keep it rolling because I’ve had plenty of matches where that doesn’t happen,” Wolfberg said. “Fortunately, today my mind was right, and I just kept it rolling throughout the set.”
While she is new to the Cowgirl program, Wolfberg brings a dynamic that OSU can use to its advantage. She is left-handed. Cowgirl coach Chris Young explained the importance of left-hand dominant players in tennis.
“I’d love to have more lefties,” Young said. “Lefties in tennis is such an advantage because of the spin. Most people are a bit weaker on their back-hand side, so lefty spins naturally put more pressure on the backhand. With her putting slice on the serve and going to the backhand, she hits a heavy ball off the forehand, being a lefty is such a big advantage. And so, the fact that we have one now, we try to use that to our advantage.”
Young also saw improvement from Wolfberg and fellow Freshman Lenka Stara through their first few matches as Cowgirls.
“I thought they were just much more confident today,” Young said. “Both of them yesterday, their first two college matches, I think they were a little bit nervous. Today they were just much more confident.”