WVU Falls in First Round of Big 12 Championships

  • By Christopher Pharis
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  • April 27, 2017 05:05 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. The West Virginia University women’s tennis team fell to Kansas on Thursday, 4-1, in the first round of the Big 12 Championship at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
WVU opened the match by dropping the doubles point, as Kansas was able to best the Mountaineers in two of the three contests. The Mountaineers were able to win the first doubles match of the day, as KU’s Maria Toran Ribes and Tatiana Nikolaeva forfeited to Habiba Shaker and Sofia Duran on the third court. At No. 1, Nina Khmelnitckaia and Tessa Bernard-Feigenbaum bested Kaja Mrgole and Christina Jordan, 6-3.
The Mountaineers conceded doubles point as Paula Goetz and Lyn Yuen Choo fell to Janet Koch and Anastasia Rychagova, 6-3.
“The match went similarly as the season has gone,” fourth-year coach Miha Lisac said. “We definitely showed some good things, but not consistently enough to be able to get over the top.”
In singles action, WVU was able to win the first match to tie the score at one apiece. However, the Jayhawks would go on the win the next three matches to claim the 4-1 victory over the Mountaineers.
At No. 6, Abigail Rosiello received a victory when the Jayhawks were forced to withdraw from the competition to even the score. Nikolaeva would then defeat Makenzie Stolar, 6-0 and 6-2, on court No. 5 to give Kansas its first singles victory of the day.
Senior Mrgole fell to Rychagova, 6-2 and 7-5, at No. 1 to give Kansas the 3-0 edge. Bernard-Feigenbaum clinched the match for KU when she bested Paula Goetz, 6-1 and 6-4, on the second court.
“Kaja (Mrgole) had a good battle at No. 1 singles to wrap up her career,” Lisac continued. “Lyn Yuen (Choo) was able to turn the match around, and Christina (Jordan) was able to get up in the second set. Some good things, but we have our work cut out for us.”
Thursday’s match marked the conclusion of the Mountaineers’ 2016-17 season. It is also the final career match for senior Mrgole.
Singles Competition:
No. 1: Anastasia Rychagova (KAN) def. Kaja Mrgole (WVU) - 6-2, 7-5
No. 2: Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum (KAN) def. Paula Goetz (WVU) - 6-1, 6-4
No. 3: Janet Koch (KAN) vs. Christina Jordan (WVU) - 6-2, 5-4, unfinished
No. 4: Nina Khmelnitckaia (KAN) vs. Lyn Yuen Choo (WVU) - 5-7, 2-1, unfinished
No. 5: Tatiana Nikolaeva (KAN) def. Makenzie Stolar (WVU) - 6-0, 6-2
No. 6: Abby Rosiello (WVU) def. Maria Toran Ribes (KAN) - by forfeit
Doubles competition:
No. 1: Khmelnitckaia/Bernard-Feigenbaum (KAN) def. Mrgole/Jordan (WVU) - 6-3
No. 2: Koch/Rychagova (KAN) def. Goetz/Choo (WVU) - 6-3
No. 3: Shaker/Duran (WVU) def. Toran Ribes/Nikolaeva (KAN) - by forfeit
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,1,2)
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