MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Oklahoma State women's tennis team swept in-conference foe Texas Tech and No. 33 Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon, 4-0, to clinch the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic title, behind a dominant performance from tournament MVP Lisa Marie Rioux.
Rioux went 3-0 on the weekend and defeated No. 96 Anna Ulyashchenko of Wake Forest, 6-1, 6-1, to round out the weekend.
“I am proud of the girls for the way they competed this weekend against very good competition,” Cowgirl coach Chris Young said. “The Blue Gray is a first-class event, and we are very honored to win it again.”
The No. 17 duo of Sofia Blanco and Catherine Gulihur went undefeated in doubles action on Saturday, defeating Tech’s Kennedy Bridgforth and Lana Rush, 6-3. The duo followed that win up with a victory against No. 45 tandem Chandler Carter and Emma Davis, 6-2, in the championships.
They weren’t the only solid duo for OSU (7-5), as Bunyawi Thamchaiwat and Tamara Arnold clinched the doubles point in the finals with a 7-5 win over MC Meredith and Eliza Omirou. The Cowgirl pair was down three points on court two before putting together the comeback win.
Blanco, a senior, and Thamchaiwat each won their second bouts of the weekend in the final day of play. Blanco defeated Wake’s Peyton Pesavento, 6-4, 6-3, and Thamchaiwat picked up a solid win against Texas Tech’s Nell Miller, 6-3, 6-0
“The last time we won here in 2016, it was the catalyst toward a great season, and I hope this year will be no different,” Young said. “Each girl made significant strides throughout the weekend that will help us moving forward.”
OSU takes some time off again before it hosts Gonzaga at 5 p.m. on March 8 inside the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center.