Kansas State tennis closes regular season with pair of home losses

The Manhattan Mercury, Kan.
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Apr. 19—Kansas State's women's tennis team didn't end the regular season the way it would have liked.

The Wildcats lost a pair of home matches over the weekend — 4-0 to Oklahoma State on Friday and 6-1 to Oklahoma on Sunday — to finish the regular season on a four-match losing streak. All four losses came at home; the Wildcats started the season 6-0 in home matches.

Sunday's loss to Oklahoma marked the last home event for senior standouts Lilla Barzo and Margot Decker.

"They are fighters," head coach Jordan Smith said in a release. "They have certainly proven that. Even in Lilla's short time here, only her second year, she has been a great addition. Obviously, Margot, four years in, she still has the same passion and fight she had as a freshman.

"That is something you really inspire to have in student-athletes. It has nothing to do with tennis at the end of the day, just being great young women, and the way they brought energy is something we will have to make up for when they are gone."

The Wildcats' (7-11, 2-7 Big 12) lone point in the loss came from Karine-Marion Job at No. 1 singles.

She beat Oklahoma's Carmen Corley — the No. 73 player in the country — 6-3, 6-2. It marked Job's third victory this season against an opponent with an International Tennis Association ranking.

"When I stepped on the court, I didn't feel like it was my last day," said Decker, who lost at No. 5 singles and was leading 6-4 along with doubles teammate Anna Turco in a match that went unfinished after the Sooners clinched the victory. "I felt pretty good about how I played and how I competed. The first day felt like yesterday here. So many memories and friends I have made here. I feel like everyone came out on the court and fought. Not just for us, but for the whole team. It was a pretty cool atmosphere."

K-State now turns its attention to the Big 12 Championship, which will be held this week in Waco, Texas. The tournament begins Thursday and will conclude Sunday.