WICHITA, Kan.- The Shocker women's tennis team won back-to-back matches on Saturday, including a six-hour battle against No. 51 North Texas.
For the second time in two matches, the Shockers had to come back after dropping the doubles point in their first match against North Texas. The two teams would split the first two matches when Carla Venticinque and Lutfiana Budiharto defeated Irina Paraschiv and F. Sprinkmeyer of North Texas, 8-0, and Nadia Lee and Barbora Vykydalova of North Texas defeated Veronika Blaskova and Lucia Kovalova, 8-5. Then, in the match that decided the point, Kseniya Bardabush and Valentina Starkova defeated Montse B. Fernandez and Delia Damaschin, 9-7, to put the Mean Green up, 1-0.
The Shockers came out fighting in the singles competition, winning the first three matches to go up, 3-1. North Texas did not give in though, winning the next two to tie the match at three all with the sixth and final singles competition yet to be decided. In the end, Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul defeated Paula Dinuta, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, to give the Shockers the win, 4-3.
"Yok's match could have gone either way and she just hustled for every single ball and found a way to get the win," said head coach Colin Foster.
The win against the Mean Green gave the Shocker women their second win of the season against a ranked opponent.
After playing indoors at Wichita Country Club against North Texas, the Shockers moved outdoors to the Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex for the night match against Cowley County.
Despite the long, six-hour battle with North Texas only an hour before, the Shockers did not let up. They defeated the Tigers in every single contest to take the match, 7-0. The outdoor experience was good for Wichita State though. "This evening was important for us to get a match outdoors as we prepare for our matches in Texas," said Foster.
The two wins on Saturday moves the Shocker women to 9-5 on the season.
The Shockers will head to Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, March 21 to take on Texas-Arlington at 3 p.m. The next day, they will head to Dallas, Texas for a match against Southern Methodist at noon.