NORMAN, Okla. —
NORMAN – Oklahoma State’s women’s tennis team has advanced to the conference championship for the first time in 10 years after upsetting 19th-ranked and top-seeded Baylor, 4-3, in Norman, on Saturday. Karyn Guttormsen clinched the victory for the Cowgirls in a thriller of a three-set win on six.
The Cowgirls (15-7) opened the match by taking the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Meghan Blevins and Lorena Gheorghe notched the 8-6 win on two. C.C. Sardinha and Maria Alvarez clinched the point with an 8-6 victory on doubles court three.
The two teams were neck-and-neck from that point on, trading matches throughout the duration of singles play. The Bears recorded the first singles win on three when Baylor’s Kiah Generette defeated Sardinha, 6-2, 6-3, tying the match at 1-1. Shortly after, Kanyapat Narattana responded with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph on four to regain the lead for Oklahoma State.
After being shut out by 10th-ranked Ema Burgic in her first set, Cowgirl senior Malika Rose bounced back to win her second set, 6-4, but was outlasted in the third, allowing Baylor to tie the score at 2-2.
Freshman Maria Alvarez came through for the Cowgirls in the fifth spot, defeating Alex Leatu in straight sets; however the lead wouldn’t last long. Baylor’s Jordaan Sanford tied the match yet again when she knocked off Blevins on two.
Sophomore Karyn Guttormsen clinched the match for Oklahoma State with an impressive three set win over Alex Clay on six. Guttormsen rebounded from losing her first set by taking her second and third sets to finish off the Bears.
“It’s kind of like a redemption weekend for us,” Cowgirl tennis coach Chris Young said. “We knew we had to beat three teams this weekend that we hadn’t beat before. We hadn’t beat Baylor in 12 years, so that was a big step for us. Texas got us earlier in the year, but I think we’re a much better team than we were earlier in the season. We’re confident. We’re going to go in and these girls are going to compete. That’s all I can ask for.”
The Cowgirls will face third-seeded Texas in the Big 12 championship on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.