The Oklahoma State women's tennis opens up the 2016 fall slate this Friday as it travels to Newport, R.I. to compete at the inaugural International Tennis Hall of Fame Grass Court Collegiate Invitational at Bill Talbert Stadium. The three-day event features eight of the top men's and women's teams in the country. On the women's side, the Cowgirls are joined by No. 2 California, No. 16 Georgia Tech and No. 55 Harvard.


The occasion will mark the first time a major collegiate invitational will be hosted at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which held the first U.S. National Championships (the precursor to the U.S. Open) in 1881.


The Cowgirls are expected to send five players to this weekend’s event, including senior Carla Tur Mari, junior Vladica Babic and sophomore Katarina Stresnakova. The event will also allow fans a first look at sophomore Sofia Blanco, who sat out the 2015-16 season, and newcomer Lena Ruppert.


Head coach Chris Young enters his eighth season at the helm of the Cowgirl tennis program after earning his 100th win with the program last season. Young is assisted by second-year assistant coach Matt Manasse.