Cowgirls Season Comes To A Close At Virginia

Box Score CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Oklahoma State’s 12th-ranked women’s tennis team saw its season come to close on Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the Cowgirls fell, 4-1, to No. 5 Virginia in a tightly-contested battle in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

OSU finished its impressive 2021-22 campaign at 20-6 overall, including a 7-2 mark in Big 12 play, in a year where the Cowgirls held a top 15 ranking for the majority of the season and reached the program’s fifth Sweet 16 in the last seven seasons.

The match started with Virginia winning two of the three double matches to collect the opening point. #12 Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto had the third-ranked duo in the nation on the ropes as they led 4-3 over Emma Navaro and Hibah Shaikh when their match was halted.

Mhai Sawangkaew and Martina Zerulo dropped their match to Virginia’s Elaine Chervinsky and Natasha Subhash, 6-1.

Oona Orpana and Dariya Detkovskaya got off to a slow start but rebounded, taking two straight games in a promising comeback effort that fell short in a 6-3 setback against Amber O’Dell and Sofia Munera of Virginia, giving the Cavaliers the point.

OSU ushered a solid response to start singles action, winning four out of the six first sets.

Virginia extended its lead via No. 1 Emma Navaro taking down 20th-ranked Lisa Marie Rioux6-1, 6-1.

Oona Orpana cut into the Cavalier lead with a dominating performance on court four. After putting together a complete first set, Orpana never looked back in the second, putting on a clinic to pick up a 6-2, 6-0 route over Virginia’s Sofia Munera.

Due to rain, the match was moved indoors. Virginia picked up a point with a court six victory from Sara Ziodato, defeating Alan Wolfberg6-3, 6-2.

Ayumi Miyamoto dominated the first set but couldn’t close out Cavalier Hibah Shaikh, dropping the match, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, earning Virginia the match-clinching point.

Martina Zerulo rattled off six straight games to take the first set before dropping the second. When her match was halted in the third set, the score was 6-1, 3-6, 1-4 against Elaine Chervinsky. After putting on a show in the first set, freshman Mhai Sawangkaews’s match stood at 6-2, 4-6 2-3, when it was stopped.

singles competition
1. #1 Emma Navarro (VA) def. #twenty Lisa Marie Rioux (WOSU22) 6-1, 6-1
2. #44 Natasha Subhash (VA) vs. #31 Mhai Sawangkaew (WOSU22) 2-6, 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
3. #72 Elaine Chervinsky (VA) vs. Martina Zerulo (WOSU22) 1-6, 6-3, 4-1, unfinished
Four. Oona Orpana (WOSU22) def. Sofia Munera (VA) 6-2, 6-0
5. Hibah Shaikh (AV) def. Ayumi Miyamoto (WOSU22) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Sara Ziodato (VA) def. Alan Wolfberg (WOSU22) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #3 Emma Navarro/Hibah Shaikh (VA) vs. #12 Lisa Marie Rioux/Ayumi Miyamoto (WOSU22) 3-4, unfinished
2. #62 Elaine Chervinsky/Natasha Subhash (VA) def. #75 Mhai Sawangkaew/Martina Zerulo (WOSU22) 6-1
3. #73 Sofia Munera/Amber O’Dell (VA) def. Oona Orpana/Dariya Detkovskaya (WOSU22) 6-3

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