Cowgirl Tennis Grips No. 23 Princeton in Season Opener

STILL WATER, OKLA. – The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team defeated No. 23 Princeton on Wednesday to claim the season opener by a margin of 5-2 at the Greenwood Tennis Center.

The All-American duo of Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto set the tone for the first game in the duo’s return, dominating Princeton’s Brianna Shvets and Nathalie Rodillosso, 6-2. Oona Orpana and Dariya Detkovskaya took the double point for the Cowgirls by taking down Leena Bennetto and Maia Sung 6-3.

on court one, Martina Zerulo and Mhai Sawangkaew led the seventh-ranked duo in the nation before the game was called 3-3. No. 86 Mhai Sawangkaew countered an early point from Tigers in singles by beating No. 60 Brianna Shvets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, to give the Cowgirls a lead. Princeton equalized when Lisa Marie Rioux fell to fourth-ranked Daria Frayman, 6-3, 7-5.

All knotted at 2 each, Ayumi Miyamoto grabbed a Cowgirl point after she caught fire and never looked back. Miyamoto left a hard-fought first set, then went on to play 10 consecutive games en route to a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 win.

Martina Zerulo took the winning run when she defeated Neha Velaga 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Like Miyamoto, Zerulo rolled after dropping set one. freshman Sophia Rojas finished her first double as a Cowgirl with a great time, 6-4, 4-6, 5-4, victory over Maia Sung.

The Cowgirls return to action at the Greenwood Tennis Center against South Carolina on Sunday at noon.


Order of finishing: (4,2,1,5,3,6)

  1. Daria Frayman (WPTIGERS) beats. Lisa Marie Rioux (WOSU) 6-3, 7-5

  2. Mhai Sawangkaew (WOSU) defeats. Brianna Shvets (WPTIGERS) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

  3. Martina Zerulo (WOSU) def. Neha Velaga (WPTIGERS) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

  4. Leena Bennetto (WPTIGERS) beats. Oona Orpana (WOSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

  5. Ayumi Miyamoto (WOSU) def. Stephanie Schrage (WPTIGERS) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4

  6. Sophia Rojas (WOSU) def. Maia Sung (WPTIGERS) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4


Order of finishing: (2,3)

  1. Daria Frayman/Grace Joyce (WPTIGERS) vs. Mhai Sawangkaew/Martina Zerulo (WOSU) no result

  2. Ayumi Miyamoto/Lisa Marie Rioux (WOSU) def. Brianna Shvets/Nathalie Rodiloso (WPTIGERS) 6-2

  3. Dariya Detkovskaya/Oona Orpana (WOSU) def. Leena Bennetto / Maia Sung (WPTIGERS) 6-3

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