Tennis Travels to Texas to Face Bears, Longhorns

  • By Jonathan Hevron
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  • March 20, 2014 04:17 PM
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Freshman Oana Manole's seven wins in singles  ties her with freshman Kaja Mrgole for the team lead. 
All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks Photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University tennis team continues its Big 12 Conference season at No. 14 Baylor on March 21 at 5 p.m., and at No. 21 Texas on March 23 at noon.
"We are excited about the second weekend of Big 12 play,” says coach Miha Lisac. “Baylor and Texas have been the top two teams in the conference, and we look forward to building upon last weekend and challenging ourselves at the top level."
The Mountaineers (3-10, 0-2 Big 12) are coming off an 0-2 weekend at the Ridgeview Racquet Club. WVU was edged out by No. 52 Kansas State, 4-3, after clinching the doubles points on March 14. On March 16, No. 35 Kansas handed the Mountaineers their second Big 12 loss, 7-0.
After missing a month of play, sophomore Hailey Barrett returned strong, teaming up with junior Ikttesh Chahal to beat K-State's No. 2 pairing, 8-1. Sophomore Irinka Toidze and Vivian Tsui won their third consectutive doubles match against the Wildcats before falling against Kansas. The No. 9-ranked tandem of freshmen Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole went winless last weekend, with its match against K-State being abandoned and falling to the Jayhawks, 8-4.
In singles, Manole recorded her seventh win of the spring, tying her with Mrgole for the team lead. She defeated the Wildcats' Livia Cirnu, 7-6 (4), 6-1. Toidze tallied her fourth win of the year, knocking off K-State's Riley Nizzi in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.
Baylor enters the contest 10-6 this spring, with wins over No. 10 USC, No. 28 Texas Tech, No. 7 Northwestern, No. 22 Rice, No. 49 Penn State and No. 72 Ohio State. All of the Bears' losses have come to top-15 opponents. Baylor is led by Victoria Kisialeva and Blair Shankle in doubles, with the duo amassing a record of 19-5 overall and 10-3 in duals. Shankle also leads the Bears in singles with 22 wins and a 12-1 mark in duals.
Texas is 6-9 this spring and picked up its first Big 12 win of the season over No. 21 Texas Tech on March 16. The Longhorns, ranked No. 21, have three individuals ranked nationally with No. 18 Breaunna Addison, No. 89 Ratnika Batra and No. 114 Elizabeth Begley. Texas has defeated four ranked opponents this spring. Addison and Begley lead the Longhorns, each boasting an 8-4 record in duals. Batra and Lina Padegimaite have a team-best mark of 4-4 in doubles in duals.