Kansas Tennis Drops Marathon Match to Oklahoma State, 4-3

April 15, 2011


After more than five hours and a location change the tennis match between Kansas and Oklahoma State finally ended on the side of the Cowgirls, as the Jayhawks fell 4-3 Friday afternoon, at the Greens Country Club.

OSU snapped KU’s two-match Big 12 winning streak and dropped KU to 9-10 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12. The Cowgirls improved to 7-13 and are also now 3-6 in conference play.

KU won the doubles point with wins in the Nos. 2 and 3 contests. After Dylan Windom and Ekaterina Morozova dropped the No. 1 match to Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana, third doubles grinded through a long match, but KU’s Monica Pezzotti and Paulina Los topped Sasha Belova and Leyla Simmons leaving second doubles to determine the doubles point.

Erin Wilbert and Sara Lazarevic played an even longer match but finally emerged victorious with a 9-8 (5) win over C.C. Sardinha/Sarah Meghoufel.

Singles play was equally as tense. For the third time in as many matches, KU saw three singles contests go into extra sets.

Monica Pezzotti fell 7-5, 6-1 to Belova in the No. 2 singles match, evening the score at 1-all. Sardinha then defeated Los in third singles to take a 2-1 OSU lead.

Dylan Windom extended her fifth-singles winning streak to seven matches to stay perfect at the fifth spot with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Narattana in the next contest. But right after Windom tied everything up, the Cowgirls went up again with a Meghoufel victory over Victoria Khanevskaya in the sixth match.

Morozova pulled out a 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 defeat of Natalya Shatovskaya in the No. 1 singles match, leaving Wilbert battling Rose for the win. But Wilbert fell in the third set, giving OSU the 4-3 win.

The Jayhawks continue their Oklahoma swing Sunday at 12 p.m., in Norman, where they will take on No. 21 Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State 4, Kansas 3

April 15, 2011 | Oklahoma City, Okla. | The Greens Country Club

No. 1 – Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Ekaterina Morozova/Dylan Windom (KU) 8-3
No. 2 – Erin Wilbert/Sara Lazarevic (KU) def. C.C. Sardinha/Sarah Meghoufel (OSU) 9-8 (5)
No. 3 – Monica Pezzotti/Paulina Los (KU) def. Sasha Belova/Leyla Simmons (OSU) 9-7

Order of finish: 1,3,2

No. 1 – Ekaterina Morozova (KU) def. Nataliya Shatkovskaya (OSU) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
No. 2 – Sasha Belova (OSU) def. Monica Pezzotti (KU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 3 – C.C. Sardinha (OSU) def. Paulina Los (KU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 – Malika Rose (OSU) def. Erin Wilbert (KU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
No. 5 – Dylan Windom (KU) def. Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 6 – Sarah Meghoufel (OSU) def. Victoria Khaneskaya (KU) 6-1, 7-5

Order of finish: 2,3,5,6,1,4*

Match Notes:
OSU – (7-13, 3-6 Big 12)
KU – (9-10, 3-6 Big 12)