Oklahoma State tennis has arrived in Athens, Georgia to get ready for Friday's Round of 16 match-up with Georgia Tech and the daughter of a basketball legend.
Oklahoma State arrived on Tuesday night in Athens, Ga., and hit the courts for the first time at the University of Georgia facility on Wednesday. The Cowgirls, ranked 9th in the NCAA and seeded 9th, will take on 8th seed and nearby Georgia Tech from Atlanta on Friday evening at 6 p.m.
"It's a night match like last year," senior and number two singles player and number one doubles player Katarina Adamovic said before leaving on Tuesday. "I like the night matches with the crowds and all the atmosphere."
The Cowgirls are fresh off a run in the NCAA Tournament from a year ago in Tulsa that took them all the way to the championship match before they lost to Stanford 4-3 in the finals. Now, the NCAA is back in Athens where it has been the most often in recent years. Georgia Tech gets a similar break to what the Cowgirls had a year ago playing nearby in Tulsa. Atlanta and the Georgia Tech campus is just about an hour away from Athens.
Georgia Tech also has a very talented and athletic number one singles player in Rasheeda McAdoo. She is the daughter for former North Carolina Tarheel and NBA standout Bob McAdoo.
"She is very athletic and a good player," Cowgirls head coach Chris Young said. "Obviously, she has a family history of being very successful in athletics. She plays number one singles and (Vladica) Babic played her this past fall and beat her 10-8 in the third set."
If victorious, OSU will advance to face the winner of No. 1 Florida and No. 16 Texas A&M on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.
Fresh off clinching their third-straight NCAA Regional crown, Oklahoma State enters the NCAA Championships first and second rounds at 24-5 overall after posting an 8-1 mark in Big 12 action to share the conference regular season title. The Cowgirls return five contributing letterwinners from a 2015-16 campaign that saw the Cowgirls post the best finish in program history, earning the title of NCAA Runners-Up. Last season, OSU racked up a 29-5 record on the way to earning the program's first Big 12 Championship in 13 years, thanks in part to a 9-0 conference record.
The Cowgirls are making their 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and sixth-straight. OSU is 13-18 all time at the event with five of its wins coming in last year's run to the NCAA Championship match.
The Cowgirls have won at least one match in the tournament in their last five trips to the tournament, and are making their third-straight trip to the final site of the event. The Cowgirls are 3-2 all-time from the round of 16 on, with each of the program's wins coming in last season's run.
OSU will be facing the Yellow Jackets for the second time ever in the postseason, with Georgia Tech taking an NCAA first round contest in a 2012 matchup between the two teams.