Tennis is divided against the top 12 opponents

In the match against Iowa State on April 1, 2022, freshman Dinara Aloyarova hit the ball across the court. (Elizabeth Sandstrom | Collegiate Media Group)

Iowa State Cyclone:

The Kansas State Tennis Team made a 3-0 comeback against the No. 33 ranked Iowa State on Friday, April 1. The Wildcats lost to Cyclone 4-2.

Both teams started the day in doubles with each other. The No. 1 doubles match ended first, as seniors Karin-Marian Job and Maria Linares lost 6-2 to Thessaporn Naklo and Kristin Hussey.

Freshmen Dinara Aloyarova and Sophomore Manami Ukita played against Anje Kazuru and Chi Kezuka to finish in the second match. The cyclone took the match 6-2, giving itself the first point of the day.

Freshman Florentine Deckers and senior Ina Giorgita could not finish their match against Miska Kadlekova and Sofia Cabezas as the cyclone pair ended 5-2.

Moving towards the singles, the cyclone continued with the first points of the day. Ukita lost the first match to Kezuka 6-0, 6-1 as the cyclone continued to dominate.

Job then ended his match, losing 6-1, 6-2 to Kanjuru, giving Cyclone a 3-0 lead on the day.

The Wildcats took their first point of the day after finally falling 3-0. Linares faced Thasaporn, beating him 6-4, 6-3, sparking the Wildcats.

After not playing a doubles match, newcomer Anna Turko defeated the Cabezas 6-4, 6-3, giving the Wildcats a chance to make a comeback.

However, in the end the return was stopped. The Deckers lost the first set 6-3 to Kadlekova. The Deckers took the second set tiebreaker with Kadlekova but the tiebreaker lost 6-1 and lost the set 7-6.

Ghorghita Supapich could not finish her match against Querum but was leading 4-3 in the second set after winning the first set 7-5.

West Virginia Climbers:

After losing on Saturday, the Wildcats moved on to their senior day on Sunday, April 3 against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Senior Day beat West Virginia 4-0 to give the Wildcats their third win of the season.

The Wildcats lost the first doubles match, as the Deckers and Ghorghita faced Momoko Nagato and Kendall Kovic 6-4.

The next two doubles matches, like the first, were tied. The second match that ended was with the doubles pair of Job and Linares. They beat Camilla Bosey and Ting-Pei Chang 6-4, sending doubles points into the final.

The final doubles match ended in a tiebreaker as Aloyarova and Ukita drew 6-6 with Anastasia Bowolskaya and Tatiana Lipatov. The Wildcats won, tying the tiebreaker 7-4, winning the match 7-6 and securing their first point.

In the singles, the Wildcats kept the mountaineers even further away. The first match that ended was between Job and Bowolskaya. Jobs won two sets 6-1, 6-2 to give the Wildcats their second point.

After winning the job, his doubles partner Linares beat Kovic 6-2, 6-0 to take third place.

At the end of the day, Turko took the final point for the Wildcats. Competing against Lipatova, Turko won the first set 6-4, finished 6-3 and defeated the Wildcats on the Senior Day.

The other three singles matches were all incomplete. Senior Daily Mafi won the first set 6-4 against Bosi and was close to winning the second set as he was leading 5-1.

Doubles pair Deckers and Ghorghita also won their first set, as Deckers defeated Chang 6-3, 4-4 and Ghorghita defeated Momoko Nagato 7-5, 3-3.

The Wildcats enter their last three regular-season matches of the season with a 9-9 record on the road, facing the top 12 ranked opponents in Baylor, Texas and Kansas.

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