The Mountaineer tennis team (7-14, 0-7 Big 12) lost another tough match on Friday to No. 12 Oklahoma State (15-3, 6-1 Big 12). They lost 0-7, marking the fourth time they have been swept this season. It was also their second consecutive match being swept.
“We wanted to improve that drastically coming from the Kansas state match, because we felt like it wasn’t good in that moment,” head coach Miha Lisac said in a post-match interview. “And we feel a lot better about where we were today, credit to Oklahoma state. They’re a very good team. They will be competing for the conference championship.”
After this match, the Mountaineers remain winless against Big 12 teams and their losing streak is extended to seven matches. Coach Lisac spoke on the team’s mentality after such a tough stretch.
“Honestly, the team has handled it well,” Lisac said. I haven’t seen, overall, a drop in mentality or (a) giving in type mentality or anything like that. So I’m very pleased with that.”
Senior Anastasiia Bovolskaia and freshman Tatiana Lipatova had their hands full on court three. They were able to tie it at 1 after dropping the first game. After that, they never got any traction, losing 0-6.
The 68th-ranked duo of Junior Ting-Pei Chang and Camilla Bossi had a tough matchup against #19 Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto. Chang and Bossi jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, but found themselves tied at two. Rioux and Miyamoto didn’t let up after that, resulting in a 2-6 loss for Chang and Bossi.
Freshman Kendall Kovick and Sophomore Momoko Nagato played a close match against #66 Oona Orpana and Martina Zerulo on court two. Their match was declared unfinished at 3-4.
Kendall Kovick had a rough time gaining any momentum against #36 Mhai Swangkaew. She didn’t win her first game until being down 0-3, then failed to get another one after that. She lost the first set 1-6. Kovick had a better start to the second set, tying at two. Swangkaew pulled away after that and Kovick lost the match 1-6, 2-6.
Momoko Nagato had a solid start to her match on court four. She went up 4-2, but started to slip after Oona Orpana made it 3-4. She lost the next game in deuce and lost her momentum, losing the first set 4-6. Nagato struggled in the second set after starting out tied at one. She failed to get another game, losing 4-6, 1-6.
Anastasiia Bovolskaia played her first match on court one of the season. She squared off against No. 26 Lisa Marie Rioux. Bovolskaia didn’t win a game in the first set until going down 0-5, where she won the next two in deuce. Rioux pulled away and Bovolskaia lost 0-6, 2-6. This match gave the Cowgirls the overall win.
Ting-Pei Chang played a close match on court three against Martina Zerulo. She found herself down 2-4 but cut it to 3-4 after a deuce point. After going down 3-5, she won a long deuce point to stay alive. Chang tied it at five before Zerulo took the next one, making it 5-6, but lost the first set 5-7 off of a powerful ace from Zerulo. Chang went up 2-0 early but Zerulo tied it up at two. The two alternated games until they were tied at five. Chang took a 6-5 lead after an ace. Zerulo won in deuce, sending the match to tiebreak. After the first rotation, Chang was down 2-4. She left it all on the court, but lost 5-7, 6-7(4).
Tatiana Lipatova played at the six spot against Ayumi Miyamoto. Lipatova went up 1-0 to start but quickly found herself down 1-3. She won the next two to tie it at 3. She went down 3-4, but won another two straight to go up 5-4. Lipatova lost the next three games and dropped the first set 5-7. Lipatova started the second set down 1-3 before making it 2-3, much like the first set. Lipatova didn’t get another game and lost the last one in deuce. Lipatova fell 5-7, 2-6.
Camilla Bossi played a back-and-forth first set against Sophia Rojass. Bossi found her first lead at 4-3 in deuce after being the first to break serve. Bossi kept her foot on the gas and won the first set 6-4. Bossi struggled to start the second set, going down 0-3 before getting her first game. Bossi was down 1-5 before getting her next one. She lost the last game in deuce, dropping the second set 2-6. The match then went to a 10-point super-tiebreak. Bossi was down 2-4 at the first rotation then 4-8 at the second. She lost the tiebreaker 4-10.
Court 1: #26 Lisa Marie Rioux (OSU) def. Anastasia Bovolskaia (WVU) 6-0, 6-2 2. #39
Court 2: Mhai Sawangkaew (OSU) def. Kendall Kovick (WVU) 6-1, 6-2
Court 3: Martina Zerulo (OSU) def. Ting-Pei Chang (WVU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
Court 4: Oona Orpana (OSU) def. Momoko Nagato (WVU) 6-4, 6-1
Court 5: Sofia Rojas (OSU) def. Camilla Bossi (WVU) 4-6, 6-2, 10-4
Court 6: Ayumi Miyamoto (OSU) def. Tatiana Lipatova (WVU) 7-5, 6-2
Court 1: #19 Lisa Marie Rioux/Ayumi Miyamoto (OSU) def. #68 Camilla Bossi/Ting-Pei Chang (WVU) 6-2
Court 2: #66 Mhai Sawangkaew/Dariya Detkovskaya (OSU) def. Momoko Nagato/Kendall Kovick (WVU) 4-3
Court 3: Oona Orpana/Martina Zerulo (OSU) def. Anastasia Bovolskaia/Tatiana Lipatova (WVU) 6-2
WVU will take the court again on Sunday for their last home match. They will play against No. 2 Oklahoma.
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