Tennis Team Upsets No. 55 Oklahoma State
March 9, 2003
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Kansas State tennis team rebounded from its loss Saturday to upset 55th-ranked Oklahoma State, 5-2, Sunday at the DuBois Tennis Center. The victory over the Cowgirls was the Wildcats' first since 2000.
With the win, the Wildcats are now 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12 Conference. Oklahoma State drops to 6-3 overall and 1-3 in the league.
"This was our best match to date," Kansas State head coach Steve Bietau said. "Our players responded really well after losing to Oklahoma yesterday."
Kansas State snapped a three-match streak of losing the doubles point when the Wildcats' No. 2 and No. 3 doubles team scored the first point for the Wildcats. Senior Petra Sedlmajerova and junior Paulina Castillejos beat Erin Pauchnik and Zana Masnic at No. 2, 8-4, to improve to 4-2 this spring and 5-3 overall. At No. 3, junior Hayley McIver and sophomore Maria Rosenberg beat Kate Vasylyeva and Ewa Radzikowsa, 8-3. The duo is now 4-1 this spring and 6-2 overall. The No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Andrea Cooper and freshman Jessica Simosa lost to 26th-ranked Linda Faltynkova and Katarzyna Kolodynska, 9-7. Cooper and Simosa are 2-3 in dual matches and 3-3 overall.
In singles, the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead when Rosenberg beat Vasylyeva, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. The Manhattan High product improved to 7-1 this spring and 12-6 overall with the win. Oklahoma State then moved within one point when Radzikowsa beat Castillejos, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4. K-State won the match when it countered with a pair of wins at No. 3 and No. 5 singles. Simosa beat Kolodynska, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 to earn her seventh victory of the spring and 11th of the season. McIver won her fourth overall match of the weekend when she beat Masnic in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5.
Sedlmajerova took her second-straight ranked opponent to three sets today at No. 1 singles, but lost 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 to No. 122 Faltynkova. She is now 5-3 this spring and 10-8 overall. K-State got its fifth point when Cooper beat Ines Furtmayr, 6-0, 7-6 (4) at No. 6 singles.
Kansas State continues its three-match road trip March 15 when it plays Baylor in Waco, Texas, at noon at the Baylor Tennis Center.
(60) Kansas State vs. (55) Oklahoma State