K-State tennis suffers back-to-back losses to TCU and TTU

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Texas Christian

Kansas State’s tennis team suffered a tough loss in its match against TCU, dropping the doubles point to start and then losing three singles matches in straight sets.

Junior Manami Ukita was defeated 6-2, 6-1 by Destinee Martins, junior Aleen Quamar lost 6-3, 6-1 to Yu-Chin Tsai and senior Rosanna Maffei fell 6-1, 6-1 against the highly ranked Mercedes Aristegui. 

Sophomore Florentine Dekkers was leading Tiphanie Lemaitre 7-5, 2-1 at No. 1; freshman Vanesa Suarez and Jade Otway were tied 6-3, 2-3 for the No 3 slot; while freshman Rozalia Gruszczynska had an edge over Helena Narmont of 6-4, 4-0 at the sixth position when victory was secured by TCU.

The Horned Frogs came out on top in the doubles point of their match with the No. 67-ranked team of Mercedes Aristegui and Jade Otway. 

Helena Narmont and Yu-Chin Tsai defeated TCU’s Suarez and Ukita at the No. 1 spot 6-1 while Gruszczynska & Maffei were ahead 5–1 when their match was left unfinished due to time constraints. 

Texas Tech

Following the loss to the Horned Frogs, the Wildcats faced off against No. 43 Texas Tech in the last road match of the regular season. The match, played on Sunday, March 26 at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas, resulted in a Wildcat 6-1 loss against the Red Raiders.

Despite a strong effort from K-State’s freshman Gruszczynska, the Red Raiders started with the first two points and held onto that lead for the duration of the matchup. 

In the doubles match, the team of Suarez and Ukita were tied 5-5 against the No. 50 ranked doubles team of Metka Komac and Avelina Sayfetdinova, but the match was left unfinished. 

In the singles matches, Gruszczynska won her match against Arina Oreshchenkova 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 5 spot while Dekkers lost her match against Olivia Peet 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4) in the No. 1 position.

Three other Wildcats lost their matches in straight sets: Quamar lost 6-1, 6-1 to Metka Komac in the No. 4 spot, Ukita lost 6-3, 6-4 to Kate Dmitrichenko in the No. 3 spot and Suarez lost 6-4, 6-2 to Cristina Tiglea in the No. 2 spot.


The Wildcats are looking to bounce back in their next matchup against No. 20 Kansas on Friday, April 8, at the Mike Goss Tennis Center.