Tech closes home slate vs. No. 11 OSU, no. 3 OU

LUBBOCK, Texas –Winners of four straight matches, the Texas Tech women’s tennis program closes out a six-match homestand with the final two home matches the 2021-22 season this Friday and Sunday when the Oklahoma State Cowgirls and the Oklahoma Sooners visit the McLeod Tennis Center.

First serve on Friday between No. 27 Texas Tech and No. 11 Oklahoma State is set for 5 pm while the match on Sunday is set for a Noon first serve.

Sunday’s match against No. 3 Oklahoma will also be the Lady Raiders senior day, as head coach Todd Petty and the women’s tennis program will honor Margarita Skriabina and student assistant coach Kaitlin Staines prior to the match.

No. 27 Texas Tech (13-7, 3-3 Big 12) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma State (12-3, 3-1 Big 12)
DATE: April 1, 2022
LOCATION: McLeod Tennis Center (Lubbock, Texas)
TIME: 5 pm

MATCHUP: No. 27 Texas Tech (13-7, 3-3 Big 12) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma (19-1, 4-0 Big 12)
DATE: April 3, 2022
LOCATION: McLeod Tennis Center (Lubbock, Texas)
TIME: Noon

The Lady Raiders returned home to the McLeod Tennis Center for the first time in nearly five weeks last week, when they opened the aforementioned six-match homestand with four matches against Iowa State, Denver, West Virginia and UTRGV. The weekend began with an epic 4-2 win over the Cyclones. In that match Olivia Peet sealed the victory overcoming an early deficit to earn a 6-4 third-set victory. Tech got off to a strong start winning the doubles point and the first two singles matches that were completed. After Iowa State answered with back-to-back matches to pull to within 3-2, Peet sealed the deal on court two.
Saturday, the Lady Raiders rolled by Denver, winning all six matches that were completed. The Lady Raiders did not drop a set all afternoon. Avelina Sayfetdinova and Metka Komac led the way for Tech, each going 2-0.

On Sunday, Tech again used strong performances from Komac and Sayfetdinova to seal a pair of 4-0 sweeps over WVU and UTRGV.

By virtue of their performances both Komac and Sayfetdinova closed the weekend undefeated. Komac was 4-0 in singles play while Sayfetdinova was 3-0.

For the 10th consecutive week the Oklahoma State Cowgirls find themselves ranked inside the ITA Top-25. The Cowgirls checked in at No. 11 in this week’s poll. Three different Cowgirls are ranked inside the ITA Top-125 led by freshman Mhai Sawangkaew who is currently ranked No. 30. Lisa Marie Rioux checked in at No. 32 while Oona Orpamna is currently No. 104. Rioux and doubles partner Ayumi Miyamoto are ranked No. 14 while Sawangkaew and Martina Zerlo are ranked as the 49th-best doubles duo in the nation. Oklahoma State went 1-1 last weekend falling to Texas 4-1, before rebounding for a 5-2 victory over Baylor. The loss to Texas snapped OSU’s 10-match winning streak. Sawangkaew is an impressive 12-1 overall including an 11-1 mark on court two.

Oklahoma enters the weekend at 19- 1 overall and a perfect 4-0 in Big 12 Conference play. The Sooners have won eight matches in-a-row since they lost to then-ranked No. 2 North Carolina in the ITA National Indoor Finals. Since the setback to the Heels, OU has dropped nationally-ranked foes like USC, UCF, Kansas, Tulsa and Texas. Last weekend the Sooners closed a six-match homestand in style, defeating Baylor and Texas, 6-1 and 4-3. Florida transfer Layne Sleeth is currently ranked inside the ITA Top-20 for OU. Sleeth checks in at No. 19 overalls. Sleeth fell to No. 5 Peyton Stearns of UT last weekend. Three Sooners are ranked inside the ITA individual rankings led by Sleeth. Carmen Corley is currently ranked No. 43 while Ivana Corley finds herself at No. 56. OU has yet to play a Big 12 road match this season, having opened up with the first four conference matches at home. Friday’s match at TCU marks the start of a five-match road swing that also includes road dates at ISU (Apr. 8), at WVU (Apr. 10) and at OSU (Apr. 15).

Tech will take next weekend off before closing the regular season on Apr. 16 at TCU. First serve from Fort Worth is set for 11 am

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