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K-State tennis wins home finale

The Manhattan Mercury, Kan. — Staff Reports The Manhattan Mercury, Kan.

April 07--Apr. 7--K-State ended its home slate on a high note.

The Wildcats defeated Iowa State, 6-1, at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium on Sunday.

"We feel like we've been there every match, it was just a matter of time to get all of the pieces together," K-State head coach Jordan Smith said in a release. "For us to come out here against West Virginia and Iowa State, get two doubles points, and for the most part, do very well in singles, that was important for us and that's something we've been trying to build on. Looking forward to see how we do in practice this week as we play KU on Saturday."

The Wildcats, who are 12-9 and 2-6 in the conference, picked up their second consecutive win; they walloped West Virginia 7-0 at home on Friday. K-State finished the season with an 8-3 home record.

After winning on Courts 2 and 3 Sunday, the Wildcats were able to clinch the doubles point for the fourth time in their last five matches.

Sophomore Maria Linares and freshman Ioana Gheorghita beat Ekaterina Repina and Margarita Timakova, 6-3. Freshman Karine-Marion Job and junior Ines Mesquita defeated Maty Cancini and Annabella Bonadonna, 6-3.

Sophomores Anna Turco and Margot Decker competed against Regina Espindola and Ekaterina Grib, but it went unfinished.

In singles, Turco notched her fifth consecutive victory with a straight-set win from the No. 2 spot against Espindola, 6-2, 6-0. Job was victorious on Court 4 against Repina, 6-3, 6-2.

From the No. 6 spot, Gheorghita picked up a straight-sets win over Timakova, 6-3, 6-3. At the No. 5 position in the lineup, Mesquita was victorious against Bonahonna, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, marking her third straight singles win.

K-State now turns its attention to rival Kansas, which it faces in Lawrence on Saturday. The Sunflower Showdown is the Wildcats' final conference match before the Big 12 tournament, which also will be held in Lawrence.

"(For the Big 12 tournament) we stay in Kansas," Smith said. "Even though we are going to be away on the road, just over an hour, we're still here. So, we have a comfortable feeling. Being in Kansas we have people come down and we have support so it can feel a little bit like a home atmosphere."

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