In 2013, the Cowgirls advanced to the Big 12 Conference Tournament finals with wins over TCU and Baylor, before falling in the championship match.
In March of 2014, the Cowgirls became the first women's team in the Big 12 to host the USTA's College MatchDay program for a match against 14th-ranked Oklahoma. The thrilling match was broadcast on ESPN3 and came down to a tiebreaker in the third set on the first singles court. The Cowgirls came up with the 4-2 victory in front of hundreds of fans at the Greenwood Tennis Center and even more college tennis fans around the globe. A replay of the match can be seen here: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/player/_/id/1656693/
Post Season Highlights
The Cowgirls have made the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, advancing to the second round in 2013. Also, the doubles team of Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Doubles Championships as well.
Coach Young enters his 5th season at the helm of the Oklahoma State women's tennis program, which will also be his 12th season as a head coach. A native of Norman, Okla., Young has compiled a career record of 239 wins during his career, with 49 wins coming in the last four seasons as the head coach at Oklahoma State.
Since coming to Oklahoma State, Young has transformed the women's program into a national contender. In 2012, the Cowgirls made the NCAA National Tournament for the first time since 2003, and they followed that up last season by advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a win over Long Beach State in the tournament's first round. During the 2013 season, the Cowgirls were ranked in the top 25 on multiple occasions, and advanced to the finals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament, defeating both TCU and Baylor.
During his time in Wichita, Young led the women's squad to a 94-38 mark, including a 33-6 ledger in Missouri Valley Conference play. A three-time conference coach of the year selection, Young guided the Shockers to league crowns in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Those seasons also resulted in the only three NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.
Young took a program that had never held a national ranking or defeated a ranked opponent and transformed the Shockers into a squad that was ranked for 43-straight weeks and defeated more than 20 ranked opponents under his direction.
The 2008-09 campaign saw Young's squad post a 21-6 mark and capture its third league title in four seasons. Individually, his players won 65 of their 68 individual matches in MVC action.
The fruits of his off-court work began to show as well as the Shockers finished the year ranked in the top 10 nationally in attendance.
The Shockers narrowly missed their third-straight conference title in 2008, finishing the year with a 16-8 mark and a runner-up finish at the MVC Tournament.
Young's third season at WSU proved to be one for the history books as his charges produced a school-record 27-3 mark and became the first-ever MVC squad to win an NCAA Tournament match. The Shockers knocked off 25th-ranked South Carolina in the first round to secure the school's first NCAA victory. Additionally, the Shockers climbed to No. 16 in the national rankings, making them the highest ranked team in the history of the MVC.
Five Shockers earned all-conference honors, including Madina Rakhim, who finished the year with a 29-2 mark at the No. 1 singles position. The Shockers were dominant up and down their lineup, finishing with a 66-1 record in their individual conference matches.
For his efforts, Young was named the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year. The 2007 campaign also saw him earn the USTA/ITA National Award for Community Service.