Wildcat Doubles Sharp on Opening Day in Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. Olga Klimova and Katerina Kudlackova teamed up to knock off a ranked doubles pair and helped Kansas State open the Georgia Invitational with wins in three of four doubles match-ups at the Dan Magill Tennis Center on Friday.

 

Klimova and Kudlackova defeated Troy’s Rawia El Sisi and Claudia Strauss, 8-4, in doubles play Friday morning, toppling a team that was ranked No. 46 in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll of the new year.

 

“That’s a nice win for them. They played very well the first third and last third of that match. It was a good start for them and a good win,” K-State head coach Steve Bietau said. “I think the other matches were pretty similar to that. All the doubles teams look capable of playing quite well.”

 

Maria Perevoshchikova and Tamar Kvaratskhelia played two doubles matches on Friday, losing the first to Georgia’s Lara Fakhoury and Naoko Ueshima before rallying with a win over Troy’s Suzanne Jones and Caroline Jounia. Viviana Yrureta and Fernanda Da Valle also defeated a team from Troy, beating Annabelle Bares and Nicole Shaw, 8-3.

 

Kvaratskhelia, Perevoshchikova and Yrureta also collected wins in singles play as the Wildcats won three of six matches to open the tournament.

 

Kvaratskhelia won a three-set marathon over Mississippi State’s Elna de Villiers and will face Georgia’s Natalie Frazier in the second round of the red draw on Saturday. Perevoshchikova won her first match of the season in three sets over Mississippi State’s DeAndre Saddler. Viviana Yrureta defeated Daniela Juskova of Mississippi State, 6-0, 6-1, for her team-leading ninth win of the season.

 

Katerina Kudlackova, Olga Klimova and Natasha Vieira all fell in straight sets to their opening round opponents and will compete in consolation play on Saturday.

 

“I’m not that worried about the record in singles. This is really our last shot before every single match counts as a point for the team,” Bietau said. “Today singles were mixed results, but I wasn’t disappointed with the way we played. Georgia’s entire team dominated in every match they played and we hit them at some spots.”

 

Tournament play continues on Saturday morning with another round of doubles play followed by second round singles play and consolation action.

 

“We’re just getting started. We’re starting to work and get a picture of what our team looks like together,” Bietau said. “They made a good effort today. It’s a long seasons and hopefully tomorrow we’ll make some progress and continue that through the weekend.”

 

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Day One Results 1.19.07 

Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Tennis Center Athens, Ga.

 

Singles Red Draw First Round
Viviana Yrureta (KSU) def. Daniela Juskova (MSU), 6-0, 6-1

Monika Dancevic (UGA) def. Fernanda Da Valle (KSU), 6-1, 6-0

Rawia El Sisi (Troy) def. Katerina Kudlackova (KSU), 6-3, 6-3

Tamar Kvaratskhelia (KSU) def. Elna de Villiers (MSU), 0-6, 6-3, 6-4

 

Singles Black Draw First Round
Kelley Hyndman (UGA) def. Natasha Vieira (KSU), 6-2, 6-0

Maria Perevoshchikova (KSU) def. DeAndre Saddler (MSU), 6-1, 0-6, 3-0 ret.

Adrienne Elsberry (UGA) def. Olga Klimova (KSU), 6-0, 6-2

Doubles Round Robin

Lara Fakhoury/Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Tamar Kvaratskhelia/Maria Perevoshchikova (KSU), 8-2

Olga Kilmova/Katerina Kudlackova (KSU) def. #46 Rawia Elsisi/Claudia Strauss (Troy), 8-4

Tamar Kvaratskhelia/Maria Perevoshchikova (KSU) def. Suzanne Jones/Caroline Jounia (Troy), 8-4

Natasha Vieria/Viviana Yrureta (KSU) def. Annabelle Bares/Nicole Shaw (Troy), 8-3