Iowa State Cyclones:
The Kansas State tennis team nearly made a comeback from down 3-0 against No. 33-ranked Iowa State on Friday, April 1st. The Wildcats lost to the Cyclones in a 4-2 match.
The two teams started the day by playing against each other in doubles. The No.1 doubles match was the first to end when seniors Karine-Marion Job and Maria Linares fell to Thasaporn Naklo and Christin Hsieh, 6-2.
Freshman Dinara Alloyarova and sophomore Manami Ukita played against Ange Kajuru and Chie Kezuka in the second match at the end. Cyclones took the match 6-2, giving itself the first point of the day.
Freshman Florentine Dekkers and senior Ioana Gheorghita could not finish their match against Miska Kadleckova and Sofia Cabezas as the match ended with the Cyclone duo 5-2.
On the way into the singles, Cyclones continued to take the first points of the day. Ukita met Kezuka in the first match and lost 6-0, 6-1 as Cyclones’ dominance continued.
Job then ended his match by losing 6-1, 6-2 against Kanjuru, giving the Cyclones their 3-0 lead on the day.
The Wildcats finally took their first point of the day after falling 3-0. Linares met Thasaporn and defeated her 6-4, 6-3, giving the Wildcats a spark.
After not playing a doubles match, freshman Anna Turco took down the Cabezas 6-4, 6-3, giving the Wildcats a chance for a comeback.
The comeback, however, was prevented in the end. Dekkers met Kadleckova and lost the first set 6-3. Dekkers took the second set to a tiebreaker with Kadleckova, but lost the tiebreaker 6-1 and lost the set 7-6.
Gheorghita could not finish his match against Supapitch Kuearum, but was in the lead in the second set, 4-3, after taking the first set, 7-5.
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West Virginia Mountaineers:
After losing on Saturday, the Wildcats went to their senior day on Sunday, April 3 against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The senior day led to the Wildcats’ third sweep of the season, beating West Virginia 4-0.
The Wildcats lost their first doubles match when Dekkers and Gheorghita faced Momoko Nagato and Kendall Kovick and fell 6-4.
The next two doubles matches, similar to the first match, both came close. The second match that ended was with the double duo Job and Linares. They took down Camilla Bossi and Ting-Pei Chang 6-4, sending doublepoint to a final match.
The final doubles match came down to a tiebreaker as Alloyarova and Ukita stood alongside Anastasia Bovolskaia and Tatiana Lipatov, 6-6. The Wildcats won, winning the tiebreaker 7-4, the match 7-6 and earning their first points.
On their way into singles, the Wildcats kept the mountaineers even further away. The first match in the end was between Job and Bovolskaia. Job took the two sets 6-1, 6-2, giving the Wildcats their second point.
After Job won, her doubles partner Linares earned the third point, defeating Kovick 6-2, 6-0.
At the end of the day, Turco took the last point for the Wildcats. Against Lipatova, Turco took the first set 6-4, finishing it 6-3 and giving the Wildcats a sweep on Senior Day.
The other three singles matches were all unfinished. Senior Rosanna Maffei took the first set against Bossi 6-4 and was close to winning the second set as she led 5-1.
Double partners Dekkers and Gheorghita also took their first set as Dekkers led Chang 6-3, 4-4, and Gheorghita led Momoko Nagato 7-5, 3-3.
The Wildcats are entering their last three regular-season games of the season with a record 9-9 away, facing ranked Big 12 opponents in Baylor, Texas and Kansas.