WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.- The Wichita State women's tennis team dropped their second match of the weekend, 4-3, in a close battle against No. 66 Marshall at the Schwartz Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.
Lutfiana Budiharto and Carla Venticinque were able to defeat Ellie Ball and Kara Kucin of Marshall, 8-2, in the first doubles match of the day. It was not enough for the Shockers though, as Marshall was able to win the final two doubles matches to take the doubles point.
In the singles competition, the Shocks would take the first three out of four matches to pull ahead 3-2. Then, Maria Voscekova of Marshall defeated Delia Damaschin in a hard fought match, 7-6, 7-6, to tie it at 3-3. In the final match of the day, Lutfiana Budiharto fell to Dominika Zaprazna, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, to give the match to the Thundering Herd.
"Lutfi has won so many big matches for us over the years. There's no one we would rather have playing with the overall score three all," said Head Coach Colin Foster. "Give all the credit in that last set to Marshall, they played at a high level throughout that set and earned the win."
One of the bright spots of the weekend was Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul. She was able to go 2-0 in singles competition for Shockers. "Yok had a great weekend and is playing with such heart and energy," said Foster. "She's waited awhile after sitting out her transfer year to get this opportunity and she is making it count."
Wichita State will continue play next weekend when they travel to Lincoln, Neb. to take on the Cornhuskers at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 24th, and Colorado State at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 25th. Then, on Sunday the 26th they travel to Omaha, Neb. to take on Creighton at 11 a.m. in their first conference match of the season.