K-State tennis defeats Nebraska in a 4-1 victory


The Kansas State tennis team traveled to Lincoln to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday night. The Wildcats defeated Nebraska 4-1 to improve to 3-1 on the season and earning the first win over the Huskers since 2009.

The Wildcats earned the first point of the night in a crucial doubles match, taking the doubles round 2-1.

However, the Huskers took the first doubles match with a 6-1 victory by freshman Jessica Aragon and junior Claire Reifeis over K-State freshmen Ioana Gheorghita and Karine-Marion Job. The Wildcats stormed back to take the next two with a 6-1 win by sophomore Maria Linares and junior Ines Mesquita over junior Hayley Haakenstad and junior Jeannie Lozowski.

The Wildcats claimed another coveted point with a 6-4 win by sophomores Margot Decker and Anna Turco over seniors Vasanti Shinde and Maria Cozac.

Mesquita gave the Cats a strong 2-0 start in singles play after a straight-set victory over Aragon with a 6-0 sweep followed by a 6-2 win to claim the point.

Job gave the Wildcats a commanding 3-0 lead with 6-1 and 6-4 wins over Lozowski to put the Wildcats just one point away from their third victory of the season.

Decker completed the victory for the Wildcats with 6-2 and 6-3 wins defeating Shinde 6-2 and 6-3.

The lone Nebraska point was won by junior Claire Reifeis with 6-1 and 6-3 victories over Linares.

Two matches were still being played when the Wildcats claimed the victory. Turco was leading the match with Cozac after taking the first set 7-6. The pair were deadlocked 1-1 in the second set when K-State claimed the victory.

Gheorghita lost to Hayley Haakenstad in a 7-6 first set, but at the conclusion of play, Gheorghita was leading 3-1 in the second set.

The Wildcats will look to continue their winning momentum against Rice on Sunday, Feb. 10 starting at 11 a.m.