K-State tennis falls to Wichita State over weekend

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Then-senior Iva Bago hits a tennis ball at Kansas State's match against Missouri at the K-State Recreation Tennis Courts on Feb. 10, 2017. (Archive Photo by John Benfer | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s tennis team was defeated by the Wichita State Shockers, 4-1, at Genesis Health Club in Wichita on Friday.

The Wildcats were 1-3 in singles and 0-2 in doubles against Wichita State. K-State’s record fell to 63-28 (.624) in singles this season.

This matchup with the Shockers concluded the Wildcats’ five-game road trip, which was the longest road trip of the season. The Wildcats finished the trip with a 3-2 record.

K-State also dropped to 23-25 all-time against Wichita State and 0-2 against the Shockers this season.

Freshmen Maria Linares and Anna Turco were defeated in doubles by Wichita State’s sophomore Ting-Ya Hsu and senior Giulia Guidetti 2-6 in the first doubles match of the tournament. Linares and Turco are now 2-2 this season.

The Shockers then claimed the doubles point after freshman Margot Decker and senior Carolina Costamagna lost to Wichita State’s sophomores Fatima Bizhukova and Marta Bellucco, 2-6.

Decker and Costamagna are now 13-8 overall, and they lead the team with 10 doubles wins this spring.

The Shockers then jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Bizhukova defeated Decker in two singles sets, 6-1 in both sets.

Freshman Rosanna Maffei held down the No. 4 spot as she swept Wichita State’s Marta Bellucco, 6-0 in both sets, to get the Wildcats on the scoreboard and cut the Shockers’ lead to 2-1. Maffei improved to 15-6 this season. Eleven of those wins have come this spring.

The Shockers then extended the lead to 3-1 at No. 3 singles. Costamagna was defeated by Guidetti, 0-6, 3-6. Costamagna fell to 17-13 overall this season.

The Shockers finished off the Wildcats when Turco fell to Wichita State’s senior Gabriela Porubin, 5-7, 4-6. Turco is now 8-4 this spring.

K-State is now 14-7 overall after this loss and 9-3 on the road this season.

The Wildcats headed home to begin a three-match home stand to close out the regular season. They took on their in-state rivals, the Kansas Jayhawks, at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium on Sunday and lost 4-1.

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