April 24, 2008
College Station, Texas -
The 66th-ranked and 6th-seeded Oklahoma State Cowgirls (13-9/5-6 Big 12) beat the 11th-seeded University of Missouri women's tennis team (10-14/2-7 Big 12), 4-1, Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Big 12 Championship at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.
The Tigers won the doubles point by winning at Nos. 1 and 3. Oklahoma State won the Nos. 1, 3 and 4 singles matches, so the match came down to the Nos. 2, 5 and 6 matches. It appeared that the Tigers had firm control in the Nos. 5 and 6 matches, and after losing the first set at No. 2, Jessica Giuggioli came back to force a second-set tiebreaker, which Yawna Allen won, 7-3, to clinch the match for the Cowgirls.
"That one hurts. I feel for my team," Tiger Head Coach Blake Starkey said after the loss. "We've done this quite a bit. There are a lot of things to be proud of. You've got to give Oklahoma State credit. They got the top four spots (in singles). We were in pretty firm control at No. 5 and No. 6."
The Tigers took an early lead in the match by winning the doubles point, their sixth Big 12 doubles point of the season.
At No. 1, the Tiger duo of Chrissy Svetlic and Mallory Weber beat Sasha Belova and Jo-Anne Karaitiana, 8-5. The Tiger duo used great net play and strong serves to take the match and earn their fifth win of the spring at No. 1. Mizzou's top duo clinched the point after Giuggioli and Kaitlyn Ritchie beat Jessica Collins and Maryna Tkachenko, 8-4, at No. 3 doubles. Mizzou's No. 2 duo of Sofia Ayala and Kaitlin Dunham fell to Yawna Allen and Iryna Tkachenko, 8-3. Ayala and Dunham jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the match, but Allen and Tkachenko came back to even the doubles point at 1-1, before Svetlic and Weber won at No. 1.
Oklahoma State had Mizzou's number in the top four singles matches when the two teams played last Friday (April 18). Thursday's first round match was no different, as the Cowgirls beat the Tigers in those four spots to take the match and move on to play 3rd seed Texas A&M Friday evening.
At No. 1 singles, Iryna Tkachenko beat Weber, 6-2, 6-0.
Giuggioli fought back in her No. 2 singles match to take the second set to a tiebreaker, but Allen took the seven-point tiebreaker, 7-3, to win the match, 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Tiger senior Chrissy Svetlic lost her final collegiate match to Karaitiana at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-1. At No. 4, Belova beat Ritchie, 6-3, 6-2.
The Tigers were close to winning the Nos. 5 and 6 singles matches. At No. 6, Ayala was up, 6-1, 6-5, on Collins, before Allen finished out the No. 2 singles match. Mizzou freshman Maureen Modesto came back to win the second set, 6-2, after dropping the first, 6-2, in her No. 5 singles match against Maryna Tkachenko. The match was called in the third set with Modesto leading, 5-3. Because the match was called after Oklahoma State earned four points, the two matches that did not finish will not count towards a player's record.
"Right now it hurts a little, but I think once we step back we have a lot to be proud of," Coach Starkey said. "We'd also like to thank our one senior, Chrissy Svetlic, who has really worked hard and added a lot to our program, and we're sad to see her go."
No. 6 Oklahoma State 4, No. 11 Missouri 1
Thursday, April 24, 2008 George P. Mitchell Tennis Center College Station, Texas
2008 Big 12 Women's Tennis Championship, First Round
1. Iryna Tkachenko, OSU def. Mallory Weber, MU, 6-2, 6-0.
2. Yawna Allen, OSU vs. Jessica Giuggioli, MU, 6-1, 7-6 (3).
3. Jo-Anne Karaitiana, OSU vs. Chrissy Svetlic, MU, 6-2, 6-1.
4. Sasha Belova, OSU vs. Katelyn Ritchie, MU, 6-3, 6-2.
5. Maryna Tkachenko, OSU vs. Maureen Modesto, MU, DNF
6. Jessica Collins, OSU vs. Sofia Ayala, MU, DNF
DOUBLES (Missouri wins the point)
1. Svetlic/Weber, MU def. Belova/Karaitiana, OSU, 8-5.
2. Allen/I. Tkachenko, OSU def. Ayala/Dunham, MU, 8-3.
3. Giuggioli/Ritchie, MU def. Collins/M. Tkachenko, OSU, 8-4.
FINISH ORDER: Singles: 1, 3, 4, 2* Doubles: 3, 2, 1