AMES, Iowa – Oklahoma State’s 12th-ranked women’s tennis team closed out its conference road trip on Sunday, gutting out a win against No. 26 Iowa State at Ames, 4-3.
With the win, OSU improved to 16-3 on the season and 7-1 in Big 12 play to extend its winning streak to five in a row while notching its fourth consecutive road victory. In addition, OSU improved to 45-0 all-time against Iowa State dating back to 1980. The Cowgirls have only allowed 28 points in 45 all-time matches against the Cyclones.
no. 19 Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto put OSU out to an early advantage with another dominating win to cap off the duo’s undefeated weekend, taking down Thasaporn Naklo and Christin Hsieh, 6-3.
Despite the Cowgirls’ fight, Iowa State grabbed the doubles point after victories on courts two and three. Martina Zerulo and Oona Orpana dropped a tightly contested match to Iowa State’s Oby Ange Kajuru and Chie Kezuka, 6-4. With the doubles point up for grabs, Dariya Detkovskaya and Mhai Sawangkaew left it all on the court, but fell short to the Cyclone duo of Miska Kadleckova and Sofia Cabezas, 7-6.
In singles action, No. 39 Mhai Sawangkaew suffered just her second singles loss of the season, coming up short against 66th-ranked Thasaporn Naklo, 6-4, 6-3.
Next, OSU came roaring back to score four unanswered points courtesy of dominating second set performances on courts four, five, and six. Kicking things off was Oona Orpana, who went point for point with Anna Supapitch Kuearum during the first set. Orpana pulled away in the second set for the 7-5, 6-3 victory.
Sofia Rojas blew out Iowa State’s Chie Kezuk in set two to earn a 7-5, 6-2 victory and even up the match. Ayumi Miyamoto followed immediately behind as she controlled the match down the stretch to earn a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Sofia Cabezas.
Martina Zerulo showed up in a big way for the Cowgirls. She battled back and forth with Iowa State’s Miska Kadleckova before rising to the occasion in the third set, outlasting the Cyclone and earning a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) decision. The win marked Zerulo’s second match-clinching point in the last four matches.
Lisa Marie Rioux fell in a close match on court one to Oby Ange Kajuru, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
OSU returns home seeking the 100th win at the Greenwood Tennis Center, as it hosts back-to-back top 10 opponents, starting with a Bedlam showdown on Friday at 4 pm against No. 2 oklahoma.
1. Kajuru, Ange Oby (ISU) def. #26 Rioux, Lisa Marie (OSU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
2. #66 Naklo, Thasaporn (ISU) def. #39 Sawangkaew, M (OSU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Zerulo, Martina (OSU) def. Kadleckova, Miska (ISU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
4. Orpana, Oona (OSU) def. Supapitch Kuearum, A (ISU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Rojas, Sofia (OSU) def. Kezuka, Chie (ISU) 7-5, 6-2
6. Miyamoto, Ayumi (OSU) def. Cabezas, Sofia (ISU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
1. #19 Rioux, Lisa Marie/Miyamoto, Ayumi (OSU) def. Naklo, Thasaporn/Hsieh, Christin (ISU) 6-3
2. Kadleckova, Miska/Cabezas, Sofia (ISU) def. Sawangkaew, M/Detkovskaya, Dariya (OSU) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Kajuru, Ange Oby/Kezuka, Chie (ISU) def. Orpana, Oona/Zerulo, Martina (OSU) 6-4