Tennis Unable to Handle Boise State in 5-2 Loss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Boise State won the doubles point and survived a charge from the top of the Kansas State lineup to earn a 5-2 win over the Wildcats on Saturday at the Lobo Tennis Club.

 

Viviana Yrureta and Fernanda Da Valle both earned wins at the top of the singles order for K-State but it wasn’t enough to raise the Wildcats from an early doubles point deficit.

 

Kansas State (2-3, 0-0 Big 12) dropped all three doubles matches to Boise State (6-1, 2-0 WAC) and managed to win just two of six singles matches in the loss.

 

Da Valle continued her recent string of success by winning her third-consecutive singles match in dual play. Da Valle played in her first ever match at No. 2 singles and topped Bianca Jochimsen, 6-3, 6-3, to push her dual record to 4-1 this season.

 

Yrureta needed extra games in the first set and was forced into a tie-break in the second set but outlasted Boise’s Polina Kokoulina, 7-5, 7-6, to give Kansas State a win at No. 1 singles.

 

The Wildcats were without injured players Tamar Kvaratskhelia and Maria Perevoshchikova on Saturday. The duo played at No. 3 doubles for K-State through the first four matches of the season and had occupied the No. 2 and No. 3 singles positions until Saturday.

 

Wildcat head coach Steve Bietau inserted Natasha Vieira at No. 5 and Tereza Prochazkova played in her first match at No. 6 since having minor knee surgery before winter break.

 

Vieira was defeated in straight sets by Tiffany Coll and Prochazkova took the first set against the Broncos’ Klaudia Wlodarczyk before losing in three sets.

 

Junior Olga Klimova played No. 4 singles for the first time since debuting at the spot in the first two matches of her freshman season, but lost to Boise State’s Stacey Housley, 6-0, 6-1. Katerina Kudlackova was defeated in straight sets in her match with Jana Mackova at No. 3.

 

The Wildcats continue competition in Albuquerque on Sunday when they try to tackle No. 38 New Mexico. The Lobos (4-1) were upset by Boise State on Friday and lost All-American Iva Gersic for the season after the senior tore ligaments in her ankle during doubles play. Kansas State and New Mexico have matched up nine times with the Lobos holding a 7-2 series edge.

 

Kansas State vs. Boise State

Lobo Tennis Club

Albuquerque, N.M. 2.24.07

 

Doubles

1. Laura Baum/Jana Mackova (BSU) def. Fernanda Da Valle/Viviana Yrureta (KSU), 8-3

2. Polina Kokoulina/Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Katerina Kudlackova/Olga Klimova (KSU), 8-2

3. Tiffany Coll/Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) def. Natasha Vieira/Tereza Prochazkova (KSU), 8-1

 

Singles

1. Viviana Yrureta (KSU) def. Polina Kokoulina (BSU), 7-5, 7-6

2. Fernanda Da Valle (KSU) def. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU), 6-3, 6-3

3. Jana Mackova (BSU) def. Katerina Kudlackova (KSU), 6-4, 6-4

4. Stacey Housley (BSU) def. Olga Klimova (KSU), 6-0, 6-1

5. Tiffany Coll (BSU) def. Natasha Vieira (KSU), 6-3, 6-1

6. Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Tereza Prochazkova (KSU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2