No. 21 Aggies Sweep Past Wildcats
The Wildcats (5-14, 3-7 Big 12) competed with four players on Saturday and forfeited a doubles position and two singles positions because of lingering injuries.
The Aggies (18-5, 8-2 Big 12) needed to win just one doubles match after the Wildcats were forced to forfeit the third position, but Texas A&M swept the doubles and took a 1-0 lead.
In the No. 2 doubles match, K-State’s Tamar Kvaratskhelia and Natasha Vieira took a 3-0 lead but the No. 39-ranked tandem of Nicki Mechem and Anna Lubinsky rallied for an 8-4 win. At No. 1 doubles, No. 28 Tiffany Clifford and Sarah Foster won eight straight games to take their match against the Wildcats’ Viviana Yrureta and Katka Kudlackova.
The early Aggies lead was immediately extended when the Wildcats also forfeited matches at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, leaving Texas A&M one singles win away from clinching the dual match victory.
The Aggies got the fourth point and sealed the win after Nicki Mechem defeated K-State’s Natasha Vieira in straight sets at No. 4. Kvaratskhelia and Yrureta were also defeated in straight sets in their matches.
K-State’s Katerina Kudlackova was the only Wildcat to win a set during the afternoon. Kudlackova dropped the first set of her match with Anna Blagodarova, 6-1, but ralled for a 6-2 win in the second. Blagodarova won the tie-break 10-5.
With the loss, the Wildcats remain winless in thirteen meetings with Texas A&M and have lost six straight home matches.
The Wildcats host the Texas Longhorns in their regular-season finale on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. K-State will compete on Thursday in the opening round of the Big 12 Championships at the Plaza Tennis Courts in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
Washburn Tennis Facility
1. (28)Tiffany Clifford/Sarah Foster (TAM) def. Viviana Yrureta/Katerina Kudlackova (KSU), 8-0
2. (39)Anna Lubinksy/Nicki Mechem (TAM) def. Tamar Kvaratskhelia/Natasha Vieira (KSU), 8-4
3. Anna Blagodarova/Michelle Sammons (TAM) won by default
Order of Finish: 1, 2
1. (24)Anna Lubinsky (TAM) def. Viviana Yrureta (KSU), 6-2, 6-3
2. Sarah Foster (TAM) def. Tamar Kvaratskhelia (KSU), 6-2, 6-2
3. Anna Blagodarova (TAM) def. Katka Kudlackova (KSU), 6-1, 2-6, 1-0(5)
4. Nicki Mechem (TAM) def. Natasha Vieira (KSU), 6-0, 6-0
5. Tiffany Clifford (TAM) won by default
6. Marisa Druss (TAM) won by default
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 3, 1