Tennis fails to find first win of conference play against Texas Tech

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Freshman Ioana Gheorghita jumps to rally the tennis ball across the court at tennis practice in September 2018. (Brooke Barrett | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State tennis team has been looking for its first win in Big 12 Conference play, and despite hopes of finding it against Texas Tech, the Wildcats lost 4-3 on Sunday at home.

K-State’s record is now 10-9 this season and dropped to 0-6 against conference opponents. Meanwhile, Texas Tech is 15-5 overall, 5-1 in the Big 12.

The Wildcats went 2-4 in singles play on Sunday afternoon, with K-State winning the third and fifth singles matches of the day.

In the first singles match, sophomore Maria Linares fell to Felicity Maltby in two sets 6-1, 6-2.

The Wildcats then beat the Red Raiders in two sets in No. 5 singles. Junior Ines Mesquita competed against Olivia Peet and won 7-5, 6-0.

The Red Raiders claimed No. 2 singles with Nell Miller defeating sophomore Margot Decker 7-5, 6-4.

In the sixth match at No. 4 singles, Anto Stoica of Texas Tech won in two sets against freshman Karine-Marion Job 7-5, 7(7)-6(0).

Before that, though, K-State sophomore Anna Turco forced her No. 3 singles match to three sets against Kennedy Bridgforth. Turco lost the first set 6-2 and forced a third set after winning 6-1. The match was won by Turco with a 7-5 victory.

In doubles play, the Wildcats won two matches against the Red Raiders.

The duo of Job and Mesquita lost in No. 2 doubles 6-3 to Miller and Maltby.

In No. 3 doubles, freshman Ioana Gheorghita and sophomore Maria Linares won 6-4 over Peet and Reagan Collins. To finish out the day, K-State duo Turco and Decker beat Rush and Bridgforth 7(7)-6(3) in No. 1 doubles.

The Wildcats will next take on West Virginia in Manhattan at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

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