K-State tennis kicks off spring season with Big 12/Pac-12 dual

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Surveying the court, freshman Manami Ukita prepares to serve the ball on the second day of the K-State Fall Invitational on Oct. 31, 2020. (Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State tennis team started off their spring season on Monday in the Big 12/Pac-12 dual at the Arlington Tennis Center in Arlington, Texas. The Wildcats claimed six victories overall on the first day of competition, earning four victories in singles play and two in doubles.

“I loved the energy that we played with today,” head coach Jordan Smith said in a K-State Athletics press release. “The ladies set the tone in our warmups with their swagger which led to a solid doubles performance across the board.”

Juniors Karine-Marion Job and Maria Linares defended the No. 1 doubles spot for the Wildcats to kick off the day, defeating Utah’s Lindsay Hung and Madeline Lamoreaux, 7-5.

The second victory of the three doubles matches came in the No. 3 spot as the Wildcat duo of freshman Manami Ukita and junior Ioana Gheorghita defeated Utah’s Jasmine Rich and Emily Dush by a score of 6-3.

K-State continued the day with six matches in singles play, claiming victory in four of them.

Job came away with the first singles victory of the day for the Wildcats, defeating Texas Tech’s Lisa Mays in three sets, 6-0, 3-6, 7-5.

Junior Rosanna Maffei then came away with an upset in the second finish of the day, defeating Texas Tech’s Margarita Skriabina in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Coming into the day Skriabina was the No. 114 ranked player in the nation.

Seniors Margot Decker and Lilla Barzo finished off singles play for the Wildcats, upping the singles victory mark to four. Decker defeated Utah’s Madison McKay in two sets, 6-1, 6-0 and Barzo defeated Texas Tech’s Metka Komac in two sets, 6-3, 6-2.

The Wildcats will compete in day 2 of the Big 12/Pac-12 dual on Tuesday before wrapping up play in Arlington on Wednesday.

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