Kvaratskhelia Wins Second Fall Event
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kansas State women’s tennis completed its second team event of the fall, the Hoosier Classic, with an event champion. Much like in the first fall tournament, freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia cruised through Flight B of the Hoosier Classic to take home a singles title, beating Laura McGaffigan of Indiana, 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7). The Wildcats also witnessed a career milestone by one of their seniors.
Kvaratskhelia advanced to Sunday’s title matchup with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Yelena Olshanskaya of Missouri. The Tbilisi, Georgia native is undefeated in seven matches this fall and has dropped just two sets on her way to winning the Ole Miss Fall Classic and the Hoosier Classic.
“This was another solid tournament for her [Kvaratskhelia] and we are excited for her,” said head coach Steve Bietau. “We are looking forward to regionals and seeing her move up to a higher level of play because she has shown that she is ready for it.”
Maria Rosenberg, who was defeated by ITA No. 37 ranked Dora Vastag of Indiana 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals on Saturday, defeated Lauren Seaman of LSU in an extra match, 6-2, 6-2. The win improves Rosenberg’s fall record to 6-4 and her career record to 62-43, tying her for fifth place on the school’s career singles win list.
“She has definitely elevated her game this year,” said Bietau about his senior. “She was not satisfied with how she finished last season and she made an effort to get better over the summer and the work is beginning to prove itself.”
Other Wildcats in action were freshman Olga Klimova and senior Judith Diaz. Klimova finished third in Flight C, defeating Dominika Walterova of Indiana, 7-6, 3-6, 1-0 (12). Klimova improved her fall mark to an even .500, 3-3. Diaz finished fourth in Flight D, dropping her third place match to Staten Spencer of LSU, 6-2, 6-3. Bietau felt the weekend was valuable for his players.
“We had some results that were good and some that could have been better, hopefully they learned from each match and gained some experience for the future.”
The Wildcats will be off for a week before the ITA Regionals in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 20-24.