Sofia Blanco forehand

Oklahoma State junior Sofia Blanco hits a forehand volley during her singles match Friday at the NCAA Regional.

TULSA – Oklahoma State’s ninth-ranked women’s tennis team bounced back from its season-opening loss to Duke, defeating Tulsa 6-1 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Saturday.

“Today was another good battle with Tulsa. They are always well coached, and it’s a great match early in the season for us,” coach Chris Young said. “Today we competed well and that is really important. We have a lot of room for improvement, and it’s exciting to have another opportunity tomorrow and for it to be at home in front of our fans.”

The Cowgirls started the day with strong play in a doubles sweep, clinching the first point for OSU.

The tandem of Sofia Blanco and Catherine Gulihur took down the No. 4 pair in the nation, Martina Okalova and Vera Ploner, 6-4.

Going into singles play, Blanco got the Cowgirls rolling when she defeated Megan Hopton, 6-2, 6-3. Shortly after, Marina Guinart was victorious against Ploner 7-5, 6-2. Bunyawi Thamchaiwat fell to Okolva, 4-6, 3-6, cutting OSU’s lead to 3-1. 

Lisa Marie Rioux came out on top against Martha Matoula winning straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, and No. 21 Katarina Stresnakova beat Shura Poppe 6-4, 7-5. To end the day, Tamara Arnold played a closely contested match against Arianna Capogrosso and notched the win, 6-2, 7-6(3).

The Cowgirls return to the courts tomorrow at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center and take on Wyoming at 5 p.m.