K-State tennis claims victories at Marliss Gruver Invitational

Ines Mesquita and Meghan King take an advantage on the courts at the Mike Goss tennis stadiums. (Kelly Pham | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State tennis started its season with five victories in singles competition on the first day of the Marliss Gruver Invitational Sept. 20 to Sept. 22.

The Wildcats recorded three wins in the first round from junior Rosanna Maffei and sophomores Karine-Marion Job and Ioana Gheorghita. Maffei and Job won in three set and Gheorghita was able to claim her victory in two sets.

In the second round, Maffei beat No. 5 seed Anna Vrbenska of Ole Miss. Gheorghita advanced to the semifinals after claiming a three-set win over No. 1 seed Alexa Bortles from Ole Miss.

Job fell in the third set of her match against No. 7 seed Tereza Janatova of Ole Miss.

Senior Ines Mesquita lost both her matches to Julia Deming of Kansas in three sets and against Samantha Smith of Penn State in two sets.

Day two brought the last part of singles competition and started doubles play.

In the start of doubles play, Job and Mesquita were able to defeat their opponents 6-2 against Wisconsin. Maffei and Gheorghita claimed their victory over Wisconsin with a 7-6 win.

Job and Mesquita faced off against the 17th ranked pairing in the country in Bortles and Sabina Machalova of Ole Miss where they fell 5-7 in the set.

Maffei and Gheorghita were not able to win against Raissa Lou and Rhea Shrivastava from Yale.

In singles play, Maffei beat Madeline Meredith in the semifinal round and advanced to the title match. With this win, K-State went 2-2 in doubles competition and recorded one win in singles competition.

On the final day of the invitational, K-State claimed three singles victories. Maffei claimed a three-set win over the No. 6 seed Selin Ovunc of Auburn. Maffei went undefeated over the weekend while beating the No. 4, 5, 9, and 6 seeds.

Job finished in seventh place and Gheorghita claimed third after they both won their final matches.

K-State Tennis will compete in the SMU Invitational in Dallas, Texas starting Friday, Sept. 27 for their second tournament of the season.

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