Cowgirl Tennis: Oklahoma State wins Big 12 Championship

The Cowgirls enter the national tournament at 27-0, with Big 12 regular season and tournament crowns.

The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team defeated Texas 4-0 on Saturday in the Big 12 Tournament final at the Greenwood Tennis Center. It was a meeting between the conference’s two top teams, as well as the No. 1 and No. 7 teams nationally.

The Cowgirls stormed through the Big 12 bracket, beating UCF 4-1 in the quarterfinals and Texas Tech 4-0 in the semifinals before Saturday’s sweep.

OSU secured Saturday’s doubles point when the duos of Raquel Gonzalez/Ayumi Miyamoto and Safiya Carrington/Kristina Novak won their matches. For what it’s worth, OSU’s other duo, Ange Oby Kajuru/Anastasiya Komar, was also leading their match when the point was secured.

Novak then got the singles scoring going by beating Shachf Lieberman 6-1, 6-2. Obe Kajuru, ranked No. 2 in the ITA individual rankings, then ended her match by beating Charlotte Chavatipon 7-5, 6-1.

Lucia Peyre put an end to that with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Tanya Sasnouskaya. That was a disappointment according to the individual rankings, as it was No. 55 Peyre versus No. 37 Sasnouskaya.

The Cowgirls’ regular season title was their first since 2017, a title they shared with Texas Tech, but this is OSU’s first tournament title since 2016 – the last year OSU won the conference trophy. This season’s two conference crowns are the program’s 28th and 29th.

And then the Cowgirls have a shot at their first NCAA title. The NCAA first and second rounds are May 3-4. The Super Regionals are May 11-12, and the NCAA Team and Individual Championships are May 17-26 at the Greenwood Tennis Center. OSU placed second at NCAAs in 2016.

OSU won the ITA Indoor National Championship earlier this year, a title not recognized by the NCAA.