MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In its next to last home match of the season, the West Virginia University women’s tennis team was defeated by No. 31 Oklahoma State, 7-0, at Ridgeview Racquet Club.
“We are underdogs in all of these matches,” said coach Tina Samara. “We cannot play not to lose. We are expected to lose, so we need to go out there with an intensity and aggression. We weren’t able to play with that type of desire or fire today. We have to figure out how to fix it.”
The Cowgirls (11-5, 3-2 Big 12) began the match by earning the team doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matches.
The lone Mountaineer victory in doubles play came by seniors Emily Mathis
and Audrey Wooland
, as they defeated Meghan Blevins and Karyn Guttormsen, 8-5. The win was the duo’s ninth doubles victory of the year, which is good for the team lead.
“We did a good job at No. 2 doubles today,” Samara said. “Audrey and Emily played with a lot of intensity. When they are winning matches in doubles play that is what they do well. When they don’t win that is what is lacking in their game.”
With a 1-0 lead in hand, OSU quickly jumped on WVU in singles play.
At No. 3 singles, the Cowgirls’ C.C. Sardinha defeated Ikttesh Chahal
, 6-1, 6-1.
Sardinha’s victory was followed by wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, as Meghan Blevins and Maria Alvarez locked up the team victory for OSU, as their wins stretched the lead to 4-0.
“Ikttesh and Hailey played much like they did in doubles,” Samara said. “They showed a little bit of nerves and didn’t have the intensity we would like to see. The battle is part of the game that makes it fun – they are kind of missing that right now. Emily was not executing and getting a little impatient. She got away from her game because of the way her opponent played.”
At No. 1 singles, Audrey Wooland
gave No. 60 Malika Rose everything she could handle in a 7-6, 7-5 defeat, but Rose’s overpowering forehand and precise shot placement was simply too much in the closing stages of each set.
“Audrey put together a great effort, but she just wasn’t able to come out on the winning side of that one,” Samara said. “She didn’t serve as well as she normally does, and that let her down at some key points in the match. I was two courts away from that match, and I saw the winners that (Rose) was hitting. She was impressive.”
WVU’s Vivian Tsui
nearly scored the team’s lone singles win of the day, as she and Guttormsen battled back and forth in a three-set match that was decided in the tie break, which Guttormsen won, 10-5.
“Vivian got down early, but was able to rally to win in the second set,” Samara said. “If they had played a full third set instead of the tiebreaker, she may have won, but she played a little bit tentative. Instead of playing her game, she was trying to avoid the loss – that kind of play is not surprising from a freshman.”
The Mountaineers (4-12, 0-5 Big 12) return to action for their final home match of the season on Sunday, April 7, at 11 a.m., when they take on No. 34 Oklahoma (10-6, 3-2 Big 12).ResultsSingles
No. 1: No. 60 Malika Rose (OSU) def. Audrey Wooland
(WVU), 7-6, 7-5
No. 2: Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Hailey Barrett
(WVU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 3: C.C. Sardhina (OSU) def. Ikttesh Chahal
(WVU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 4: Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Emily Mathis
(WVU), 7-5, 6-2
No. 5: Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Vivian Tsui
(WVU), 6-4, 2-6, 10-5
No. 6: Lorena Ghoerghe (OSU) def. Irinka Toidze
(WVU), 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 4, 1, 6, 5Doubles
No. 1: No. 48 Rose/Narattana (OSU) def. Chahal/Barrett (WVU), 8-4
No. 2: Mathis/Wooland (WVU) def. Blevins/Guttormsen (OSU), 8-5
No. 3: Alvarez/Sardinha (OSU) def. Toidze/Tsui (WVU), 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1