STILL WATER, OKLA. – Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team defeated No. 23 Princeton on Wednesday, claiming the season opener by a 5-2 margin inside the Greenwood Tennis Center.
The All-American duo of Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto set the tone for the first match in the duo’s return, dominating Princeton’s Brianna Shvets and Nathalie Rodilosso, 6-2. Oona Orpana and Dariya Detkovskaya clinched the doubles point for the Cowgirls by taking down Leena Bennetto and Maia Sung, 6-3.
on court one, Martina Zerulo and Mhai Sawangkaew had the seventh-ranked duo in the nation on the ropes before the match was called at 3-3. no. 86 Mhai Sawangkaew countered an early Tigers’ point in singles by taking down No. 60 Brianna Shvets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, to give the Cowgirls the edge. Princeton tied the match when Lisa Marie Rioux fell to fourth-ranked Daria Frayman, 6-3, 7-5.
All knotted up at 2 apiece, Ayumi Miyamoto picked up a Cowgirl point after she caught fire and never looked back. Miyamoto dropped a hard-fought first set, then rattled off 10 straight matches on the way to a, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, victory.
Martina Zerulo clinched the match-winning point when she beat Neha Velaga, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Similar to Miyamoto, Zerulo rolled after dropping set one. freshman Sofia Rojas closed out her first dual as a Cowgirl with a big time, 6-4, 4-6, 5-4, win over Maia Sung.
The Cowgirls are back in action at the Greenwood Tennis Center Sunday at noon against South Carolina.
Order of finish: (4,2,1,5,3,6)
Daria Frayman (WPTIGERS) def. Lisa Marie Rioux (WOSU) 6-3, 7-5
Mhai Sawangkaew (WOSU) def. Brianna Shvets (WPTIGERS) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Martina Zerulo (WOSU) def. Neha Velaga (WPTIGERS) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Leena Bennetto (WPTIGERS) def. Oona Orpana (WOSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
Ayumi Miyamoto (WOSU) def. Stephanie Schrage (WPTIGERS) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
Sofia Rojas (WOSU) def. Maia Sung (WPTIGERS) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Order of finish: (2,3)
Daria Frayman/Grace Joyce (WPTIGERS) vs. Mhai Sawangkaew/Martina Zerulo (WOSU) no result
Ayumi Miyamoto/Lisa Marie Rioux (WOSU) def. Brianna Shvets/Nathalie Rodilosso (WPTIGERS) 6-2
Dariya Detkovskaya/Oona Orpana (WOSU) def. Leena Bennetto/Maia Sung (WPTIGERS) 6-3