OSU Cowgirls sweep ITA Regional Championships
The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team completed the third sweep of the ITA Central Region Championships in school history on Monday, with Cowgirls taking titles in both singles and doubles.
The two wins put the finishing touches on a successful weekend for OSU which saw the Cowgirls go a combined 26-4 overall.
“I am so proud of our entire team for a great weekend,” head coach Chris Young said. “To win 26 out of 30 matches is impressive.”
Sofia Blanco and Vladica Babic took home the doubles championship. With her win in singles, Babic also became the second player in program history and first since Viktoriya Lushkova in 2014 to win both singles and doubles titles at the event in the same year. The win qualifies both for the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, set for Nov. 1-5.
Blanco and Babic faced a tough test in the doubles finals, as they were matched up with the top-seeded and ninth-ranked duo of Leolia Jeanjean and Giulia Pairone from Arkansas. The Cowgirls had a slow start, dropping the first set of the contest, 6-3, but bounced back in a big way by taking the second, 6-2, and forcing a third-set super tiebreaker, which they would win, 10-8 to claim the upset and the title.
The win wrapped up a stellar event for the Cowgirl tandem, who went 6-0 on the weekend to stretch their record on the season together to 8-2. With the win, the pair became the fourth OSU doubles team to claim an ITA Central Region championship.
“I thought Sofi and Vladi improved with each match during this tournament,” Young said. “They have had a good fall and will only get better. I am so proud of Sofi for her continued improvement.”
Babic clinched the sweep with a big win over Debbie Vogasari in the singles finals. Babic came out hot to start, taking the first set, 6-2. The Cowgirl senior responded nicely to an early 3-1 deficit to open the second frame, as she won six of the next eight games to take the match, 6-2, 7-5.
Babic went 7-0 in singles on the weekend to wrap up the event with an 8-1 record on the season. She is the third Cowgirl in school history to take home top honors in singles at the regional championships. It was the senior’s first regional singles title and third overall.
“I am extremely proud of Vladi,” Young said. “She lost the singles and doubles final as a freshman, so to come back today as a senior and win both titles is special for her. She played in five of eight regional finals during her career and won three titles. That’s special.”