TEMPE, Ariz. – The Kansas State’s women’s tennis team closed out the 2019 fall season with five wins on Sunday afternoon at the ASU Invitational, compiling three wins in singles play while tacking on two more in doubles competition at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
In a repeat performance from Saturday, senior Ines Mesquita, junior Margot Decker and sophomore Karine-Marion Job all grabbed victories in singles play for the second consecutive day. Mesquita, the Wildcats’ lone senior, has come into form of late, defeating Mississippi State’s Meredith Roberts in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Decker followed with a win against Arizona State’s Savannah Slaysman, 6-2, 6-4. Job claimed the final singles’ victory of the day with a dominate performance against Texas Tech’s Kennedy Brigdforth, 6-1, 6-3.
Mesquita, Job and Decker claimed six of the seven singles’ victories on the weekend for K-State. Junior Anna Turco looked to repeat her performance from last year’s ASU Invitational, where she posted a 2-1 mark in singles play, but fell short on Sunday to Arizona State’s Sammi Hampton, 6-4, 6-1.
After going winless in doubles’ play on the first two days, the Wildcats got back in the win column with a pair victories on Sunday. The duo of Turco and Decker would claim a 6-3 win over Michigan’s Lera Patiuk and Lanie Van Linge, while the tandem of Job and Mesquita knocked off Ohio State’s Cindy Chen and Irina Cantos, 6-2.
K-State recorded seven wins in singles play to go with a pair of doubles victories during the three-day ASU Invitational.
In regards to the 2019 fall season, the Wildcats have produced multiple great outings that included junior Maria Linares advancing to the Qualifying Round at the ITA All-American Championships and sophomore Rosanna Maffei taking home the Flight A bracket title with three victories in singles play during the team’s first competition this fall at the Marliss Gruver Fall Invitational back on September 20th-22nd. Three Wildcats also advanced to the Round of 16 at the ITA Central Regional Championships back on October 18th-22nd (Decker, Maffei and Linares).
“This was a good finish to our fall season,” said head coach Jordan Smith. “The tournament changed the format for the last day, so we ended up playing multiple teams today, closing out the event five-to-one. Picking up doubles wins against the Big 10 and singles wins against the Pac-12 and SEC was great. It was a slow start to the tournament, but I’m happy with how we progressed each day. Overall, we had one of the best falls in terms of combined singles success from all players. We’re just over two months away from our first home match. The biggest change will be adjusting to more of the team dynamic in the spring. It’s something we don’t get to experience in the fall by splitting up for different events. I’m excited to have all of them together regularly in the spring. We have a special group capable of doing great things this spring.”
With the conclusion of fall play, K-State will now turn its focus to the Spring 2020 season, which starts on Saturday, January 18th at home against Penn State.
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Source: Kansas State Sports