K-State women’s tennis team splits matches in Wichita


The K-State women’s tennis team split matches in its second consecutive road test.

The Wildcats (3-2) failed to upset No. 71 Wichita State Saturday, losing to the Shockers 6-1 at the Wichita Country Club.

Wichita State secured the doubles point by winning all three doubles matches in their rout of K-State. The Shockers finished off the contest by winning five of six singles matches against the Wildcats with all five of their victories coming in straight sets. The lone Wildcat to come out victorious against the Shockers was freshman Nina Sertic, who defeated Wichita State’s Stephanie Dalmacio 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

The Wildcats regrouped after their loss to the Shockers to knock off the Trojans of Arkansas-Little Rock 6-1 at Wichita’s Crestview Country Club. K-State won two of three doubles matches to win the doubles point. The Wildcats are now 3-0 when they win the doubles point.

Coach Steve Bietau made some switches with his doubles teams by moving freshman Mariya Slupska and Sertic to the No. 1 doubles position, as they lost to the Trojans, 8-4. The No. 2 and 3 doubles teams stepped up for the Wildcats as they won their respective matches, 8-4 and 8-5, to secure the doubles point.

The Wildcats finished off their weekend winning five of six singles matches to give K-State’s third victory of the season, with four of five victories coming in straight sets. Coming up victorious for the Wildcats were Sertic, Slupska, Antea Huljev, Vanessa Cottin, and Katerina Kudlackova.

The K-State tennis team will get another chance for an upset as the Wildcats’ next contest comes against No. 39 Brigham Young University. The Wildcats will host the Cougars of BYU on March 5 at 11 a.m. at the Cottonwood Racquet Club in Manhattan.