Kvaratskhelia and Vieira Help KSU Avoid Sweep

MANHATTAN, Kan. Tamar Kvaratskhelia and Natasha Vieira picked up wins in the final two matches of singles play to help Kansas State avoid a day-one sweep at the Kansas State Tennis Invitational on Friday.


The Wildcats dropped six doubles matches and four straight singles matches before Kvaratskhelia rallied from a set down to beat Arkansas’ Audrey Bordeleau. Vieira followed with a win in her collegiate debut over Arkansas’ Carly Dixon, 6-4, 7-6(7-1).


Kansas State saw plenty of Arkansas during the opening day of the hidden-dual format tournament.  The Razorbacks, who finished the 2006 season ranked No. 47 and lost to Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, defeated the Wildcats in all three doubles matches in the morning and kept the momentum going into singles play in the afternoon.


Ela Kaluder and Audrey Bordeleau defeated K-State’s Olga Klimova and Tamar Kvaratskhelia, 8-1, to open play. Arkansas’ Mayori Franco and Nanar Airapetian followed with an 8-2 win over Viviana Yrureta and Katerina Kudlackova, and Rachel Wilhelm and Stanislava Cozirscaia beat the Wildcat team of Tereza Prochazkova and Natasha Vieira, 8-6.


The Wildcats continued the skid against Tulsa, losing all three doubles matches to the Golden Hurricane before the end of Friday morning’s competition.


Kansas State faced Arkansas in singles play when competition resumed in the afternoon, and saw Klimova, Yrureta, Kudlackova, and Prochazkova all fall to the Razorbacks.


Kvaratskhelia was easily defeated by Bordeleau, 6-1, in the first set, before several heated exchanges and a hard fought second set tie-break landed in K-State’s favor, 7-6(7-4). Kvaratskhelia used the momentum swing to top Bordeleau, 6-0 in the third set for the win.


Vieira, playing in her first collegiate match, jumped out to one set lead over Dixon, 6-4, and battled through a second-set tie-break to earn win number one of her career.


Kansas State begins Saturday’s competition with doubles matches at 9 a.m. against Big 12 north division rival Missouri. The Wildcats get a second chance at Tulsa in doubles following the Missouri matches, and will take on the Tigers in singles play on Saturday afternoon.