Tennis shines with 10 total victories in first two days of Kansas Invitational

Junior Maria Linares competed against Washington at Body First Tennis Center in Manhattan. The Wildcats fell 4-1 on Feb. 14, 2020. (File Photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

In its first appearance of the season, the tennis team had it going in singles play in the first day of the Kansas Invitational.


On Friday, Kansas State recorded six victories in singles play. Not only did the team have good performances in singles play, but also four victories in doubles play.

Juniors Maria Linares and Karine-Marion Job were responsible for two victories in doubles play.

Linares, No.1 spot for singles on the team, defeated No. 1 for Kansas junior Tiffany Lagarde in two sets, 6-1, 6-3.

Job took three sets to win her singles match, but she defeated Iowa State freshman Ting-Pei Chang, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5.

Juniors Rosanna Maffei and Ioana Gheorghita also brought in singles victories for the Wildcats. Maffei defeated Iowa State freshman Chie Kezuka, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. Gheorghita took down Iowa State freshman Ellie Murphy in two sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Then, it was senior Lilla Barzo who achieved K-State’s sixth singles victory of the day as she defeated Kansas sophomore Vasiliki Karvouni in three sets, 7-6, 2-6, 6-1.


On Saturday, doubles were where the Wildcats shined, tallying four victories in all.

Barzo and junior Anna Turco defeated Kansas pairs Lagarde and Karvouni (6-3) and sophomore Malkia Ngounoue and junior Sonia Smagina (6-2) to record the first two doubles victories for K-State.

Linares and Job took down Iowa State’s senior Maty Cancini and freshmanChristin Hsieh in a 6-4 set.

Maffei and Gheorghita finished with the fourth doubles victory on the day, defeating Kansas’ Smagina and junior Julia Deming in a 6-3 score.

Doubles play and singles play continue Sunday morning to complete the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence.