MORGANTOWN, W.Va – The West Virginia University tennis team returns to Morgantown for a pair of matches against No. 9 Oklahoma State on Friday, April 21 and No. 38 Oklahoma on Sunday, April 23.
Weather permitting, both matches will be held at the WVU Tennis Courts, located at the WVU Coliseum complex. First serve on Friday is set for 5 p.m., while Sunday’s contest is slated to begin at noon.
“It is another great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves against the top teams in the conference,” fourth-year coach Miha Lisac said. “So far, we have been able to answer that challenge in a positive way, and we have been able to get better through those matches.”
No. 9 Oklahoma State (18-4, 6-1 Big 12) enters the contest with the Mountaineers after having last week off. The Cowgirls were able to upend No. 27 Kansas, 4-0, on April 9 before shutting out Bedlam rivals No. 38 Oklahoma, 4-0, on April 14.
OSU has five players ranked in the top 90 of this week’s Oracle/ITA singles rankings, and four doubles pairs ranked. Senior Viktoriya Lushkova leads the Cowgirls with a No. 7 ranking. Katarina Adamovic (48), Aliona Bolsova (65), Vladica Babic (68) and Carla Tur Mari (89) are also ranked in singles play.
The tandem of Babic and Tur Mari lead Oklahoma State in doubles play and rank No. 10 in the country. Babic is also ranked No. 24 when playing alongside teammate Adamovic. Bolsova and Blanco land at No. 39 in the doubles rankings, with Lushkova and Adamovic coming in at No. 59.
Friday’s contest is designated as the Pink match. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness. The Mountaineers will host a bake sale at Friday’s match, with all proceeds going to the Norma Mae Huggins foundation.
“We have a big match on Friday,” Lisac continued. “We have done a few things throughout the year and we will continue to fundraise for the Norma Mae Huggins Foundation.”
The Mountaineers will return to the courts on Sunday to take on Oklahoma, in senior Kaja Mrgole
’s last home match. First serve is set for noon.
No. 38 Oklahoma (12-7, 2-5 Big 12) enters the weekend after falling to No. 9 Oklahoma State, 4-0, last Friday. The Sooners will take on Iowa State on Friday, before Sunday’s matchup against WVU.
Junior Lily Miyazaki leads OU with an 11-4 record at the first position and boasts a No. 30 national ranking. The pair of Marlene Stripp and Julia Byrne are ranked the 78th-best tandem in the country
On Sunday, WVU will extend a special thank you to senior Kaja Mrgole
for her dedication to the Mountaineer program for the past four years. Free Qdoba will also be provided, courtesy of WVU Tennis.
“On Sunday we are playing for Kaja (Mrgole),” Lisac continued. “Playing for anything and everything that she has accomplished in the last four years. She is my first four-year graduate here at WVU. It is exciting to see her graduate and see all of the opportunities that she is looking at in terms of moving on with her life.”
Full recaps of each day’s action will be available at WVUsports.com.