AUSTIN, Texas- The Wichita State women's tennis team fell to Texas, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
The Shockers and Longhorns played three very competitive doubles contests, but the Longhorns would win two out of three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. Krista Damico and Cierra Gaytan-Leach defeated Lutfiana Budiharto and Carla Venticinque, 8-6, and Elizabeth Begley and Aeriel Ellis defeated Montse Blasco Fernandez and Veronika Blaskova, 8-4, to give the Longhorns the advantage after doubles play.
The competitive play continued in the singles competition, but the Longhorns were able to take three singles matches to move on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Lina Padegimaite defeated Lucia Kovalova, 6-2, 6-1, and Krista Damico defeated Delia Damaschin, 6-1, 6-3. In the deciding singles match, Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul dropped the first set, 6-1, before falling in a tough second set, 7-6.
"I am proud of the way we competed and never gave up even when we were down on most of the courts," said head coach Colin Foster. "Texas showed why they are a top ten team and to beat a team like that on their home courts is a tough task."
"I am really proud of the season we had, and I thank the seniors for the careers they had. I am excited for the future of this program," added Foster.
Senior Lutfiana Budiharto will continue her season in Athens, Ga., May 23-28 for the NCAA Singles Championships.
No. 58 Wichita State (21-6, 7-0) 0
No. 10 Texas (18-7, 7-2) 4
1. Lina Padegimaite and Noel Scott vs. Lucia Kovalova and Delia Damaschin, 7-5 (unfinished)
2. Krista Damico and Cierra Gaytan-Leach defeated Lutfiana Budiharto and Carla Venticinque, 8-6
3. Elizabeth Begley and Aeriel Ellis defeated Montse Blasco Fernandez and Veronika Blaskova, 8-4
1. Lutfiana Budiharto vs. Aeriel Ellis, 6-4, 2-4 (unfinished)
2. Krista Damico defeated Delia Damaschin, 6-1, 6-3
3. Lina Padegimaite defeated Lucia Kovalova, 6-2, 6-1
4. Noel Scott vs. Veronika Blaskova, 6-4, 5-0 (unfinished)
5. Cierra Gayton-Leach defeated Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul, 6-1, 7-6
6. Elizabeth Begley vs. Carla Venticinque, 6-4, 4-1 (unfinished)
Order of Finish