K-State Clinches 4-1 Victory Over Arkansas Saturday
“We were assertive and we set the tone today, especially on courts two and three.” stated head coach Jordan Smith. “We made a bit of a change and I thought we did well there. It made a difference coming out with a lead instead of trying to come back from behind [after doubles].”
The Wildcats earned the doubles point after getting wins from their No. 2 and 3 pairs.
Seniors Karine-Marion Job and Maria Linares took down the Razorbacks’ Laura Rijkers and Lenka Stara 6-2 from the second position. The duo of freshman Dinara Alloyarova and senior Anna Turco defeated Arkansas’ Kelly Keller and Indianna Spink in the No. 3 spot 6-3.
Job and Linares along with Alloyarova and Turco each pushed their doubles record to 2-0 in the spring, while as a team the Cats boast a 6-1 doubles record over three spring contests.
On court one, Tatum Rice and Morgan Cross took the win for Arkansas with a 6-1 decision against freshman Florentine Dekkers and senior Ioana Gheorghita.
During singles play, Linares conquered Spink, as the Venezuela native picked up a straight-set decision 6-0, 6-4 in the No. 2 matchup.
Alloyarova prevailed from the sixth position, also in straight sets, to hand K-State its third point of the day, 6-3, 7-5 over Rijkers.
Dekkers’ 6-2, 6-1 triumph closed out the day and clinched the win for the Cats, as she defeated Keller at the third position. Dekkers won 11 straight games against her Razorback opponent at one point during the match and improved her spring singles record to 3-0.
“Flo really has that freshman energy, her and Dinara,” said Smith. “For both of them to come out and get two of our singles points was great. Flo started really slow, but for her to come out there 2-0 down and clinch it for us, that is pretty awesome.”
K-State elevates to a record of 3-0 for the Spring 2022 season and claimed its second win all-time against Arkansas (2-12).
The Wildcats will host Memphis and FAU on Friday (February 11) and Saturday (February 12) in Manhattan. The match against Memphis will begin at 1 p.m. CT while the match against FAU will commence at 11 a.m. CT.
“It is going to be good to see how we do back-to-back, that is not always easy going two days in a row, so we are really curious to see how we maintain our composure,” said Smith. “I think fitness-wise, we are going to be strong enough to play those matches, but mentally, I want to see how well we do with that. I want to see us bring it for those two matches (Memphis and FAU). Those are two teams that we need to do well against if we want to make it to postseason.”
Arkansas vs K-State
Feb. 5, 2022 at Manhattan, Kan.
(Body First Indoor Tennis Center)
K-State 4, Arkansas 1
1. Tatum Rice/Morgan Cross (ARKW) def. Florentine Dekkers/Ioana Gheorghita (KSU) 6-1
2. Karine-Marion Job/Maria Linares (KSU) def. Laura Rijkers/Lenka Stara (ARKW) 6-2
3. Dinara Alloyarova/Anna Turco (KSU) def. Kelly Keller/Indianna Spink (ARKW) 6-3
1. #51 Karine-Marion Job (KSU) vs. Tatum Rice (ARKW) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
2. Maria Linares (KSU) def. Indianna Spink (ARKW) 6-0, 6-4
3. Florentine Dekkers (KSU) def. Kelly Keller (ARKW) 6-2, 6-1
4. Lenka Stara (ARKW) def. Ioana Gheorghita (KSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Anna Turco (KSU) vs. Morgan Cross (ARKW) 2-6, 1-1, unfinished
6. Dinara Alloyarova (KSU) def. Laura Rijkers (ARKW) 6-3, 7-5
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