Tennis Season Ends After 4-1 Loss to Red Raiders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Tamar Kvaratskhelia won in singles to keep the Wildcats in Thursday’s match with Texas Tech but a late charge by Kansas State never developed in a 4-1 opening-round loss in the Big 12 Championships at the Plaza Tennis Courts.


The Wildcats fell quickly to a 3-0 deficit and were fighting just to stay in the match after giving up the doubles point, defaulting at No. 6 singles and dropping the No. 5 match in straight sets.


For the fifth consecutive match, the Wildcats (5-16, 3-8 Big 12) were forced to surrender points because of lingering injuries, giving up the No. 3 doubles spot and the match at No. 6 singles. Kansas State went into the match with a full lineup for the first time since April 11, but Fernanda Da Valle was unable to compete.


“(Fernanda) wanted play and got through the warm-up ok, but she just couldn’t go,” K-State head coach Steve Bietau said. “The default situation definitely made it tougher. It put us in a situation where we had to do everything right.”


Texas Tech (12-10, 4-7 Big 12) needed just one win in doubles to take the opening point and got it when Red Raider duo Brenna Jackson and Lakann Wagley defeated Kvaratskhelia and Natasha Vieira at No. 2, 9-7.


The Red Raiders instantly went up 2-0 when the Wildcats were forced to pull Da Valle from the lineup at No. 2, shift the remaining players up one spot, and default at No. 6.


Texas Tech’s Maria Andres was the first to finish in singles, defeating K-State’s Olga Klimova in straight sets at No. 5, 6-3, 6-2.


Kvaratskhelia kept the Wildcats in the match with a win over Lakann Wagley at No. 2, but while Kansas State tried to rally at No. 3 and No. 4, Viviana Yrureta was defeated by Samantha van der Drift in a second-set tie-break to give the Red Raiders the win.


“I was pleased with the way the team fought in singles. We didn’t do as well in doubles,” Bietau said. “We needed to do everything right but didn’t. We got to a position in singles where the momentum really shifted but we weren’t able to hang on, it just wasn’t enough.”


Kansas State’s season is over while the Red Raiders advance to face No. 2-seeded Texas in Friday’s quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Championships.


(10) Kansas State vs. (7) Texas Tech

Plaza Tennis Courts

Kansas City, Mo. 4.26.07



1. Janet Durham/Samantha van der Drift (TTU) vs. Viviana Yrureta/Katerina Kudlackova (KSU), DNF

2. Brenna Jackson/Lakann Wagley (TTU) def. Tamar Kvaratskhelia/Natasha Vieira (KSU), 9-7

3. Maria Jose Andres/Kerryn Potgieter (TTU) won by default

Order of Finish: 3, 2



1. Samantha van der Drift (TTU) def. Viviana Yrureta (KSU), 6-2, 7-6

2. Tamar Kvaratskhelia (KSU) def. Lakann Wagley (TTU), 7-5, 6-1

3. Janet Durham (TTU) def. Katka Kudlackova (KSU), DNF

4. Kerryn Potgieter (TTU) def. Natasha Vieira (KSU), DNF

5. Maria Jose Andres (TTU) def. Olga Klimova (KSU), 6-3, 6-2  

6. Brenna Jackson (TTU) won by default

Order of Finish: 6, 5, 2, 1