Tulsa Holds Off K-State, 5-2

MANHATTAN, Kan. Tulsa survived a furious rally by the Wildcats and staved off an upset bid by Kansas State in a 5-2 win at the Washburn Tennis Facility on Saturday.

 

Tulsa (13-2, 2-0 CUSA) won all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point and jumped ahead in singles before holding off a late charge by Kansas State (2-6, 0-1 Big 12).

 

The Wildcats got off to a hot start in doubles, leading in the No. 1 and No. 2 matches through the first six games. The 33rd-ranked Golden Hurricane turned things around with a win at No. 3 doubles and rallied in both top matches to secure the go-ahead point.

 

Tulsa carried the momentum into singles play and won the first set in five of the six matches, but the Wildcats rallied to take the second set in four matches.

 

Tulsa went up 2-0 when Thalia-Diaz Barriga finished off K-State’s Katka Kudlackova, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles the only match of the day to be decided in straight sets. Tulsa’s Santie Delport then defeated K-State’s Fernanda Da Valle, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, to give the Golden Hurricane a 3-0 advantage.

 

K-State’s Tamar Kvaratskhelia won at No. 2 singles over Carla Zabaleta to keep the Wildcats in the match with three positions yet to finish but Viviana Yrureta fell in three sets at No. 1 to Kindsay Grimes to give the Golden Hurricane the win.

 

Olga Klimova was defeated in three sets in her match against Agostina Santoro at No. 5 singles and Natasha Vieira fell in three sets to Jenna Webster at No. 6.

 

Kansas State travels to Texas to tangle with Big 12 south opponent Baylor next Sunday in Waco, and faces Texas Christian on Monday in Fort Worth. The Wildcats are on the road for the next five matches before closing with five of the final seven matches at home.

 

Kansas State vs. Tulsa

Washburn Tennis Facility

Manhattan, Kan. 3.10.07

 

Doubles

1. Kindsay Grimes/Carla Zabaleta (TU) def. Katka Kudlackova/Olga Klimova (KSU), 8-5

2. Santie Delport/Marta Marcinkowska (TU) def. Viviana Yrureta/Fernanda Da Valle (KSU), 9-7

3. Thalia Diaz-Barriga/Jie Zang (TU) def. Natasha Vieira/Tamar Kvaratskhelia (KSU), 8-3

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

 

Singles

1. Kindsay Grimes (TU) def. Viviana Yrureta (KSU), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4

2. Santie Delport (TU) def. Fernanda Da Valle (KSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

3. Tamar Kvaratskhelia (KSU) def. Carla Zabaleta (TU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

4. Thalia Diaz-Barriga (TU) def. Katka Kudlackova (KSU), 6-2, 6-2

5. Agostina Santoro (TU) def. Olga Klimova (KSU), 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2

6. Natasha Vieira (KSU) def. Jenna Webster (TU), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Order of Finish: 4, 2, 3, 1, 5, 6