STILLWATER, Okla. —
After reaching the Big 12 final last weekend, the Cowgirls are back in the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive season as they will take on the South Florida Bulls May 9 at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla.
“I think the draw is really tough,” coach Chris Young said. “South Florida is a very strong team and they’ve had a really good season, finishing with an 18-3 record, so it’s definitely going to be a good first round.
Though the Cowgirls (15-8) were glad to be back in the tournament, they showed more enthusiasm when it was announced they were going to Florida during the selection show at the varsity room in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Young said he’s looking forward to playing quality teams.
“You are in the home of Florida — one of the best teams in the country,” Young said. “The last three years, they have a couple of national titles and a lot of experience. ... If we get fortunate enough to play them, we are going to have our hands full.”
Young said the matches will be a challenge — but one his team is ready after a grueling Big 12 schedule.
“The Big 12 is a league that was very strong this year, so every match was very competitive,” Young said. “Our kids haven’t really had a match where they’ve gotten to take a breath. They’ve been in battles, so that is going to prepare us.”
The Big 12 sent five schools to the tournament with Big 12 champion Baylor getting to host. If the Cowgirls can get past the Bulls (18-3), they will likely face host Florida (19-5) on May 10.
“I think we’ve had a really good season, not really indicative of where we’ve been slotted, but we get to go out and prove the type of team that we have,” Young said. “I think it will be a good experience for them.”