AUSTIN, Texas – The Oklahoma women’s tennis team is set to open the 2018 Big 12 Women's Tennis Championship Thursday with Iowa State in the preliminary round. First serve is set for 10 a.m. CT.
The Sooners (14-11, 4-5 Big 12) enter the matchup as the No. 7 seed in the tournament.
Oklahoma got off to a hot start at the front end of the conference slate, routing both Iowa State and West Virginia before suffering a four-match losing streak midseason. In the final weekend of competition, OU defeated then-No. 38 Kansas State, 4-1, before falling to No. 16 Kansas, 4-0, both on the road.
“Overall, I am proud of how much we have improved as a program over the course of the season,” said head coach Audra Cohen. “We are heading into the Big 12 tournament with momentum and confidence that we are a stronger, tougher team for anyone to play.”
Lily Miyazaki leads OU in singles wins with a record of 14-5 from the No. 1 line, checking in at No. 39 in the latest ITA release.. The senior is riding a five-match winning streak, and owns a 3-1 mark against ranked opponents this season.
At the No. 2 spot, Jasmine Asghar has compiled a 10-7 record on the year. Christie Brigante has compiled a record of 11-6 on courts two and three and has won her last four consecutive matches.
In doubles, Brigante and Asghar have combined for an 11-7 mark from the No. 1 line.
Scouting Iowa State
The Cyclones come into Thursday’s contest as the 10 seed in the tournament with an overall record of 9-16 and an 0-9 slate in Big 12 play. Iowa State has dropped its last six matches.
In singles, Maty Cancini has compiled a 6-9 record from the No. 1 line. Regina Espindola is 5-14 between courts two and three, while Repina has compiled an 8-10 record between courts three and four.
Annabella Bonadonna leads all Cyclones players in singles wins with a 13-9 record on the back two courts.
The Last Time They Met
The Sooners swept Iowa State, 4-0, on March 18 in Norman. OU grabbed the doubles point handily before Asghar, Brigante and Sethi picked up singles wins to seal the victory.
OU owns the all-time series with Iowa State, 41-1.
Should the Sooners win, they will face No. 2 Oklahoma State Friday at 3 p.m. CT.
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