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Stara shows signs of improvement as Cowgirls take down Tulsa

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Lenka Stara during the Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa women's tennis match on February 1, 2020 at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater.

Lenka Stara had redeemed herself from a disappointing doubles point. 

She was in the final game of her singles match with the Oklahoma State women’s tennis team needing a point to defeat Tulsa in the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center on Sunday. 

Stara tossed the ball up and followed through smoothly, sending the ball past Tulsa sophomore Marina Davtyan. A moment later, Stara had completed the straight set victory in the Cowgirls 6-1 win. After struggling in the doubles point where she made four consecutive double faults, Stara found success serving in singles.

“My biggest weapon was always (the) serve,” Stara said. During this doubles (match), I was so sad because I missed everything. I need to work also, but I think the serve will be the most important thing in my game.”

Stara managed to maintain her lead, finishing the match with a 6-3, 6-2 win to the delight of the Cowgirl (7-1) crowd. Cowgirls coach Chris Young was near Stara’s court the entire match. He said he liked the consistency that Stara has shown on Court 6. 

“I think Lenka is still a work in progress, but she has been really tough at key moments and she has found a way to win,” Young said. “There is something to be said for that. She hasn’t played her best tennis yet, but she’s always there right at the end.”

Stara was not the only one to improve her serve after the doubles point. Dariya Detkovskaya also struggled when serving, but in singles, she found success in her serving games. There was a difference.

“I changed my racket because the first racket was a little bit broken,” Detkovskaya said. “I didn’t know how I (took) this racket. I didn’t think about my racket when I played because when I play, it doesn’t matter which way my racket was in my hand.”  

Detkovskaya showed the most improvement. In her singles match, Detkovskaya won every service game in her 6-3, 6-2 victory. She noticed improvement in her game after losing to Arkansas’ Kelly Keller less than 24 hours earlier. 

“I started to play smarter than yesterday,” Detkovskaya said. “Today I moved the girl smarter. I know where I want to play and I always go forward to finish at every point. Yesterday, I (thought) about going to the net, but I didn’t do this. Today, I improved this way.”