W. Tennis Falls at No. 12 Oklahoma State, 4-2
By Alex Schwartz
STILLWATER, Okla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team dropped a 4-2 decision at No. 12 Oklahoma State Saturday.
After falling behind, 3-0, No. 17 Miami (2-2) won back-to-back points to pull within one, but could not complete the comeback at the Greenwood Tennis Center.
“We lost to a tough team today. Credit to Oklahoma State,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We need to keep the court smaller moving forward, especially playing inside. [We need to] play a little more of an attacking style and take chances early in points.”
Oklahoma State (7-1) opened the match by taking the doubles point. Marina Guinart and Katarina Stresnakova got the Cowgirls on the board first with a 6-2 triumph over the Miami pair of sophomore Dominika Paterova and junior Daniella Roldan.
Moments later, senior Sinead Lohan and freshman Ulyana Shirokova leveled the doubles tally with a 6-2 defeat of Sofia Blanco and Shir Hornung.
However, Vladica Babic and Megan McCray registered a 6-1 win against the No. 33 duo of junior Ana Madcur and sophomore Estela Perez-Somarriba to give the Cowgirls the 1-0 lead.
Oklahoma State quickly upped its cushion to 3-0 behind victories from No. 91 Guinart and No. 121 Stresnakova. The former topped Roldan, 6-3, 6-2, and the latter defeated Madcur, 6-0, 6-0.
Paterova picked up the first point of the day for the Hurricanes, notching a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Hornung.
???????Shirokova doubled Miami’s total with a win in her first-career match against a ranked player. After taking the first set in 10 games, she won a 24-point tiebreaker in the second to defeat No. 122 Blanco, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11).
“I was very happy with Domi and Uly today. They stepped up big for us,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Both stayed true to their plan, battled and it worked out for them.”
Shortly thereafter, McCray sealed the win for the Cowgirls by defeating No. 58 Lohan, 6-4, 7-5.
The match between No. 16 Perez-Somarriba and No. 37 Babic was left unfinished with the latter holding a 4-6, 6-2, 5-2 edge.
Miami returns to the court Sunday at 2 p.m. ET when it faces Baylor, receiving votes in the Oracle/ITA rankings, in Waco, Texas, for its second and final match of the weekend.
1. Vladica Babic/Megan McCray (OKST) def. No. 33 Ana Madcur/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM), 6-1
2. Marina Guinart/Katarina Stresnakova (OKST) def. Dominika Paterova/Daniella Roldan (UM), 6-2
3. Sinead Lohan/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Sofia Blanco/Shir Hornung (OKST), 6-2
1. No. 37 Vladica Babic (OKST) vs. No. 16 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM), 4-6, 6-2, 5-2, unf.
2. Megan McCray (OKST) def. No. 58 Sinead Lohan (UM), 6-4, 7-5
3. No. 121 Katarina Stresnakova (OKST) def. Ana Madcur (UM), 6-0, 6-0
4. No. 91 Marina Guinart (OKST) def. Daniella Roldan (UM), 6-3, 6-2
5. Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. No. 122 Sofia Blanco (OKST), 6-2, 7-6 (13-11)
6. Dominika Paterova (UM) def. Shir Hornung (OKST), 6-4, 6-1