MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Oregon women’s tennis team dropped their third-straight match Saturday afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn., falling to No. 29 Oklahoma State 7-0. It was the first time the Ducks were slept since April of last season at Stanford.
The Cowgirls came out firing over the Ducks taking early leads in every doubles match. OSU (3-3) led 3-2 on every doubles match to start the match and never looked back. Oregon’s (4-3) No. 1 pair of Long/Minor dropped their second straight match, falling to OSU’s combo of Lushkova/Narattana 8-2.
UO’s freshman duo of Marlou Kluiving and Lina Åkesson didn’t fare any better, dropping their match against Tur Mari/Alvarez 8-2 at the No. 2 position. With Oklahoma State securing the doubles point, Oregon’s most consistent pair, Lana Buttner and Sofia Hager, left their match unfinished with the Cowgirls leading 6-5.
“We did not play poorly, Oklahoma State is just a good team,” head coach Paul Reber said. “In my opinion, they will be a top 20 team this year. They came out firing and seemed to have caught us with that in the start of both doubles and singles.
At the No. 1 singles slot, Long was overpowered by Viktoriya Lushkova 6-0, 6-2. Minor gave Megan McCray some fight in the second set, but fell short of forcing a third set and lost 6-2, 6-4. Hager had her hands full at No. 3 singles playing against Kanyapat Narattana, who is the 59th-ranked singles player, but the senior from OSU downed Hager 6-0, 6-1 and clinched the victory for Oklahoma State.
After falling 6-2 in the first set to Carla Tur Mari, Kluiving battled back in the second set before retiring with the score at 4-4. Buttner was fell 6-1, 6-3 to Karyn Guttormsen in the fifth singles position. Åkesson gave Maria Alvarez all she had in both sets, but fell 6-4, 6-4 to the Cowgirls’ sophomore who went 23-13 last season in singles play.
“We were able to gain our footing some more as the matches progressed, but OSU had amassed too great of a lead by then and were playing fearlessly,” Reber said. “We need to let this one go and be ready for a tough Minnesota team tomorrow.”
The Ducks wrap up their road series with Minnesota at 9 a.m. (PST) on Sun., Feb. 16, at the Baseline Tennis Center.
No. 29 Oklahoma State 7, Oregon 0
No. 1 – Lushkova/Narattana (OKST) def. Long/Minor (UO) 8-2
No. 2 – Tur Mari/Alvarez (OKST) def. Kluiving/Åkesson (UO) 8-2
No. 3 – Buttner/Hager (UO) vs. Adamovic/Guttormsen (OKST) 6-5 (Unf.)
Order of Finish: 1, 2
No. 1 – Viktoriya Lushkova (OKST) def. Nicole Long (UO) 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 – Megan McCray (OKST) def. Jasmine Minor (UO) 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 – Kanyapat Narattana (OKST) def. Sofia Hager (UO) 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 – Carla Tur Mari(OKST) def. Marlou Kluiving (UO) 6-2, 4-4 (Ret.)
No. 5 – Karyn Guttormsen (OKST) def. Lana Buttner (UO) 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 – Maria Alvarez (OKST) def. Lina Åkesson (UO) 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 5, 4, 2, 6