UT-Arlington Downs Kansas Tennis, 5-2

Feb. 25, 2011


The Jayhawks’ fifth-singles player Erin Wilbert continued her undefeated opening to the 2011 spring season, but the Kansas tennis still suffered a 5-2 loss to UT-Arlington, Friday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.

KU moved to 2-4 on the season while the Mavericks improved their dual match record to 2-1.

The match started off promising for KU as the two teams split the first two doubles matches. After Victoria Khanevskaya and Paulina Los fell in the No. 3 doubles contest, Ekaterina Morozova and Dylan Windom evened things up with an 8-4 victory in the No. 1 match.

Now down to a close second match, Wilbert and Monica Pezzotti looked to be giving KU a lead by winning their first three games. UTA’s Giada D’Ortona and Maria Martinez-Romer then fired back to equalize the match at 3-3. The Maverick tandem went up 5-4 before the Jayhawks matched them at 5-5, and again at 6-6, but D’Ortona and Martinez-Romero won the next two games to clinch the doubles point for UTA.

With the Jayhawks down 2-0 after Pezzotti fell in the No. 2 singles match, Wilbert cruised to an easy victory in fifth-singles to put the KU on the board for the first time in the match. Wilbert’s win was her fourth of the season, and the junior has yet to lose this spring.

However, the Mavericks put the match away when they captured the Nos. 4 and 5 singles points. Morozova also lost in a heated first-singles match, dropping the third set.

In the final match of the day, Khanevskaya fought off Katarina Mlcochova in the first set, coming back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Mlcochova in the tiebreaker. Now with the momentum fully on the side of Khanevskaya, the confident sophomore jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and rolled to a 6-2 victory to take the match 7-6 (1), 6-2.

The Jayhawks will return Sunday, when they host Denver at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility. Match time is set for 11 a.m.

UT-Arlington 5, Kansas 2

Feb. 25, 2011 – Lawrence, Kan.
Jayhawk Tennis Facility

No. 1: Morozova/Windom (KU) def. Negreanu/Mayuk (UTA) 8-4
No. 2: D’Ortona/Aqvist (UTA) def. Wilbert/Pezzotti (KU) 8-6
No. 3: Matovicova/Martinez-Romero (UTA) def. Khanevskaya/Los (KU) 8-2

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

No. 1: Daiana Negreanu (UTA) def. Ekaterina Morozova (KU) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 2: Linda Aqvist (UTA) def. Monica Pezzotti (KU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3: Maria Marinez-Romero (UTA) def. Paulina Los (KU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 4: Natalia Mayuk (UTA) def. Dylan Windom (KU) 6-3, 7-5
No. 5: Erin Wilbert (KU) def. Giada D’Ortona (UTA) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6: Victoria Khanevskaya def. Katarina Mlcochova 7-6 (1), 6-2

Order of finish: 2, 5, 3, 4, 1, 6

Records: Kansas (2-4), UT-Arlington (2-1)