No. 9 K-State Bounces Back to Take Down No. 8 TCU 4-2

FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 9 seeded Kansas State women’s tennis team made a comeback to defeat No. 8 seed TCU, 4-2, at the Big 12 Championships on Thursday (April 21) morning at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

“I thought we started a little slow in doubles today,” stated head coach Jordan Smith. “Thankfully, we turned around even though we came up short. The ladies were great in singles today. Just told them that we’re more than capable to win four singles points today. Let’s go out there and extend our season and they did it . I am proud of our fight. Quick turnaround tomorrow against OU. “

After losing the doubles point early in the match to the Horned Frogs (12-14), K-State (10-12) came back swinging in singles play, winning at the No. 1, 3, 4, 5 positions to claim the match and a date with No. 1 seed Oklahoma (25-1) in the quarterfinals on Friday at 12 pm, CT.

With the Wildcats clinging to a 3-2 lead, it was senior Anna Turco who clinched the match, rallying from a 6-1 loss in the first set to knock off Jade Otway, 6-3, 6-3, in sets two and three.

Earning the first point for the Wildcats in singles play was senior Karine-Marion Job at the No. 3 position. The Lyon, France native came out with a bang in the first set, 6-1, and closed out the match in the second set, 6-4.

The second singles point came from senior Ioana Gheorghita in the number four spot. Gheorghita dominated Stevie Kennedy from TCU in two sets, 6-3, 6-3.

Senior Maria Linares took on Alisa Soloveva on court one. It was Linares who ended up victorious in the first set, 6-2. The Venezuela native had the lead most of the way in set two before Soloveva tied the match, 5-5. Linares pushed through and took set two, 7-5, for the Wildcats’ third point.

TCU’s Mercedes Aristegui overpowered freshman Florentine Dekkers at the No. 2 position, 6-4, 6-1, to claim the lone singles point for the Horned Frogs.

In doubles play, TCU gained the early advantage with victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions.

Job and Linares lost 6-2 on court one to Alisa Soloveva and Jade Otway. In the number three spot, Dekkers and Turco had a battle when taking on Stevie Kennedy and Aleksa Cveticanin, but it was TCU who won 7-6 (1).

Gheorghita and sophomore Manami Ukita put up a fight against TCU’s Isabel Pascual and Mercedes Aristegui before coming out on top, 7-6 (4).

No. 9 K-State vs. No. 8 TCU
April 21, 2022 at Fort Worth, Texas
(Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)

K-State 4, TCU 2

Singles
1. Maria Linares (KSU) def. Alisa Soloveva (TCU) 6-2, 7-5
2. Mercedes Aristegui (TCU) def. Florentine Dekkers (KSU) 6-4, 6-1
3. Karine-Marion Job (KSU) def. Isabel Pascual (TCU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Ioana Gheorghita (KSU) def. Stevie Kennedy (TCU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Anna Turco (KSU) def. Jade Otway (TCU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Helena Narmont (TCU) vs. Rosanna Maffei (KSU) 6-4, 1-6, 0-1, unfinished

Doubles
1. Alisa Soloveva / Jade Otway (TCU) def. Karine-Marion Job/Maria Linares (KSU) 6-2
2. Ioana Gheorghita/Manami Ukita (KSU) def. Isabel Pascual / Mercedes Aristegui (TCU) 7-6 (7-4)
3. Stevie Kennedy / Aleksa Cveticanin (TCU) def. Florentine Dekkers/Anna Turco (KSU) 7-6 (7-1)

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