K-State tennis shows promise in home opener

The K-State women's tennis team took on the Kansas City Kangaroos on March 1, 2023, at the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. The Wildcats went 4-0 against the Roos at the Wildcats' first home match of the season. (Avery Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State tennis competed for the first time at home this season, following a 1-9 start on the road.  

The Wildcats started their homestand against the University of Missouri-Kansas City Roos and saw a 4-0 victory. Junior Aleen Quamar’s performance highlighted the day by earning the first of K-State’s singles points without losing a set, going 6-0, 6-0. 

The doubles performance against the Roos was another highlight as two new duos gave K-State the doubles point. Sophomore Florentine Dekkers and Quamar swept their opponents 6-0. Freshman Vanesa Suarez and junior Manami Ukita also knotted a win in 6-3 fashion. 

Ukita joined Quamar by grabbing K-State’s second singles point with a 6-2, 6-2 finish. Freshman Rozalia Gruszczynska was responsible for the last single point, going 6-1, 6-2. 

Dekkers and Suarez were both favored in their matches that were left unfinished. 

After the hot 4-0 start to the homestand, momentum began to fade against the Wichita State Shockers who defeated the Wildcats 4-3. 

K-State earned the double point early on, courtesy of Suarez and Ukita winning their match 6-3 followed by Dekkers and Quamar outlasting their Shocker opponents 6-5.

In the singles, Wichita State and K-State split the first four finished matches. This saw K-State with a slight 3-2 lead. Dekkers won 6-4, 6-4 to earn her singles point while Ukita went 7-5, 6-0. K-State’s first two losses came from Gruszczynska, 4-6, 3-6, and Suarez, 4-6, 2-6.

K-State just needed one more single point to seal a second win on the homestand; however, the Shockers came back. Quamar fell 6-4, 3-6, 1-6, and senior Rosanna Maffei became the Wildcats last chance. Maffei battled, but lost 2-6, 6-7 in a second-set tiebreaker.

Big 12 play will begin next week for the Wildcats with two matches on the road. First against No. 54 West Virginia at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 10, followed by a match on Sunday, March 12, against No. 4 Iowa State.