Cowgirls Say Good-Bye to Lushkova Friday

It's a double dip of Senior Day and Night on Friday at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center as the 5th-ranked Cowboys tennis team will host Tulsa at 3 p.m. and celebrate four senior players that have had a huge impact on the current success of the program, but one of the best known female athletes on the Oklahoma State campus is among the three seniors that will play their last regular season home match starting at 5 p.m. with Bedlam.

It's a double dip of Senior Day and Night on Friday at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center as the 5th-ranked Cowboys tennis team will host Tulsa at 3 p.m. and celebrate four senior players that have had a huge impact on the current success of the program, but one of the best known female athletes on the Oklahoma State campus is among the three seniors that will play their last regular season home match starting at 5 p.m. with Bedlam. Viktoriya Lushkova came on the scene for Oklahoma State tennis in the spring of 2014 and immediately set fire to Cowgirl tennis. She earned All-American honors for the season in one semester and she won 16 matches in a row during her first season, first semester of college tennis. 

"It's hard to put into words what Viktoriya has meant to our program," head coach Chris Young said and admitted he may never have another player as accomplished. "She now has the highest singles ranking at six that any player in the program has ever had. She has the highest doubles ranking in the program's history. She came into our program and took it by storm, some of the things she accomplished are unheard of."

She has been the face of Oklahoma State tennis and the native of the Ukraine certainly brought out a bigger attendance of male students on campus. She is attractive and she is popular. Lushkova acts like she hasn't done that much. She has fully embraced life on an American college campus and done it while continuing to dominate her sport and few athletes really can do that.

"I don't want to think about it," Lushkova said of the match on Friday. "There are too many tournaments left to play. I hope we can continue and host in (NCAA) regionals, so we can host regional and this (OU) will not be the last one (at home)."

This season keeps going the way it is, finishes the way you would expect then Lushkova is going to end her career as a four-time All-American and a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year.


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