|Freshman Oana Manole claimed her team-high seventh victory in singles this season, defeating K-State's Livia Cirnu, 7-6 (4), 6-1, today.
|All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University tennis team dropped its Big 12 Conference opener to No. 52 Kansas State, 4-3, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club, today.
“I thought we did a very good job in doubles today, and came out with good focus and energy,” says coach Miha Lisac. “It was a great situation to play from ahead. We had a couple of players that handled the match very well. Oana (Manole) played very well today, handling the first set and running away in the second. Irinka (Toidze) had a very good showing as well today. She did exactly what she had to do in order to be successful. Overall, I think it was a good battle, and it was good to see us put ourselves in position to be successful.”
The Mountaineers (3-9, 0-1 Big 12) started the match with the doubles point, claiming the No. 2 and No. 3 matches. The duo of sophomore Hailey Barrett
and junior Ikttesh Chahal
handled the Wildcats' Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago, 8-1. Sophomores Vivian Tsui
and Toidze teamed up for their third consecutive win in doubles, downing Riley Nizzi and Livia Cirnu, 8-1.
After dropping the first two singles matches, freshman Manole knotted the team score at two with a two-set victory over Cirnu, 7-6 (4), 6-1. Manole is now 7-4 this spring and tied with freshman Kaja Mrgole
for the most wins on the team.
Toidze gave the West Virginia its second lead of the day, defeating Nizzi in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.
At No. 4 singles, Chahal claimed the first set over Amina St. Hill, 6-4, but fell in the following sets, 6-3, 6-3. K-State sealed the match with Bago's two-set win over Tsui, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 5 singles.
The Mountaineers return to the Ridgeview Racquet Club on Sunday, March 16, at 11 a.m. against No. 35 Kansas.
No. 1: Petra Niedermayerova and Amina St. Hill (KSU) abandoned against Kaja Mrgole
and Oana Manole
(WVU), 3-4 (40-30)
No. 1: Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) defeats Hailey Barrett
(WVU), 6-2, 3-0 (Retired)
No.2: Palma Juhasz? (KSU) defeats Kaja Mrgole
(WVU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3: Oana Manole
(WVU) defeats Livia Cirnu (KSU), 7-6 (4), 6-1
No. 4: Amina St. Hill (KSU) defeats Ikttesh Chahal
(WVU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 5: Iva Bago (KSU) defeats Vivian Tsui
WVU: 3 , KSU: 4