The Cowgirls came out firing over the Ducks taking early leads in every doubles match. OSU led 3-2 on every doubles match to start the match and never looked back. Oregon’s 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.
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