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K-State Drops First Match of the Season to Denver 4-2

K-State Drops First Match of the Season to Denver 4-2

DENVER, Colo.– The K-State women’s tennis team suffered their first loss of the season on Friday (Feb. 2) against the Denver Pioneers, 4-2, at Denver Tennis Park.
 
K-State (3-1) dropped the doubles point and could not hang on, Denver (3-2) going on to win three singles matches.
 
Freshmen Jillian Harkin and Charlotte Keitel dropped their match in the no. 3 spot against Alice Otis and Claudia Martinez de Velasco, 6-1. Freshman Maralgoo Chogsomjav and senior Manami Ukita also came up short against Louise Wikander and Caroline Driscoll, 6-3, in the no. 2 position, losing their first match as a duo.
 
Junior Veronika Kulhava and freshman Tereza Polakova went unfinished in the no. 1 spot, 4-4, against Britt Pursell and Andrea Burguete Beltran.
 
In singles matches, Polakova started off hot defeating Otis in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, in the no. 5 position.
 
Ukita and Kulhava were both defeated back-to-back by their opponents 6-4, 6-1. In the no. 2 position, Ukita fell to Pursell, Kulhava lost to Wikander in the no. 3 spot.
 
Sophomore Maria Santos earned the second point for the Wildcats, sweeping Claudia Martinez de Velasco in the no. 6 position, 6-3, 6-2, her fourth straight win.
 
Keitel lost her first three-set match, facing Caroline Driscoll. She battled back in her second set but ultimately could not hang on in a high scoring third set, losing 6-0, 2-6, 7-5 in the no. 4 spot.
 
Sophomore Vanesa Suarez competed in an unfinished match, also encountering three sets in the no. 1 position against Andrea Burguete Beltran. 7-5, 1-6, 1-2
 
K-State will face Iowa (1-3) tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT in a neutral site match at Denver Tennis Park.
 
FROM THE COURTS
Head Coach Jordan Smith
On the team’s energy in todays match…
“Unfortunate start to the weekend by us. We’ve been flat all week and it definitely got the better of us today. Low energy and mistakes makes it difficult to win a good tennis match. Obviously, credit to Denver for wanting it more than us and not backing down to our challenges. I’ll need to do a better job of getting our team together and ready for Iowa tomorrow.”
 
Denver vs K-State
Denver, Colo.
Denver Tennis Park
 
K-State 2, Denver 4
 
Singles Competition
1. Vanesa Suarez (KSU) vs Andrea Burguete Beltran (DEN) 7-5, 1-6, 1-2, unfinished
2. Britt Pursell (DEN) def. Manami Ukita (KSU) 6-4, 6-1
3. Louise Wikander (DEN) def. Veronika Kulhava (KSU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Caroline Driscoll (DEN) def. Charlotte Keitel (KSU) 6-0, 2-6, 7-5
5. Tereza Polakova (KSU) def. Alice Otis (DEN) 6-4, 6-3
6. Maria Santos (KSU) def. Claudia Martinez de Velasco (DEN) 6-3, 6-2
 
Doubles Competition
1. Veronika Kulhava/Tereza Polakova (KSU) vs Britt Pursell/Andrea Burguete Beltran (DEN) 4-4, unfinished
2. Louise Wikander/Caroline Driscoll (DEN) def. Maralgoo Chogsomjav/Manami Ukita (KSU) 6-3
3. Alice Otis/Claudia Martinez de Velasco (DEN) def. Jillian Harkin/Charlotte Keitel (KSU) 6-1
 
 
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