Maffei finds success as runner-up at Big 12 Fall Championships

Then-freshman Rosanna Maffei prepares to return the ball against North Texas on Feb. 9, 2018 at Body First Indoor Tennis Center. (Archive photo by Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

After a successful fall season, most of the Kansas State women’s tennis team traveled to Oklahoma State this past weekend to participate in the Big 12 Fall Championships.

The big story for the Wildcats was senior Rosanna Maffei, who made it all the way to the championship in the flight A drawing of the tournament. The Atripalda, Italy, native fought her way through the bracket, starting with a 3-6, 6-4 [10-7] win over Malkia Ngounoue from Kansas in the round of 16.

Maffei went on to beat Kailey Evans from Texas Tech 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and Mananchaya Sawangkaew from Oklahoma State 7-6(4), 6-2 in the semifinals before ultimately finishing runner-up to Baylor’s Alina Shcherbinina in the final 6-4, 6-3.

The rest of the team had varying success. The team struggled in singles play, losing in the round of 16 in their respective flights. In doubles play, however, two pairings found some success.

Maria Linares and Florentine Dekkers beat Kansas’ Ngounoue and Manu 8-3 in the first round but had to withdraw in the quarterfinals due to an injury sustained by Linares.

Anna Turco and Manami Ukita beat Baylor’s Malm and Thompson 8-4 in the round of 16 before falling to Oklahoma’s Sleeth and Pisareva in the quarters.

Maffei and Ioana Gheorghita had a bye for their first round but fell to Oklahoma State’s Orpana and Detkovskaya 8-4 in the quarterfinals.

The tennis team will look to regroup ahead of the spring season after the fall season ended on Nov. 7.