Tied at 3-all Sunday, Kansas State women’s tennis and Iowa had just one match remaining to decide which team would emerge victorious.
It didn’t go the Wildcats’ way, though, with Anna Turco falling in a tiebreaker to Samantha Mannix in No. 2 singles, giving the Hawkeyes a 4-3 victory at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex in Iowa City, Iowa.
Turco won the first set, 7-6, before Mannix rallied to take the final two sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
“We weren’t able to get the final push we needed in singles today,” K-State head coach Jordan Smith said in a release. “We had two team match points to escape with a win. Iowa just outplayed us in singles today.”
Turco led 5-4 in the deciding set before Mannix captured the final three games to win the match and give her team a one-point victory.
K-State won the doubles point thanks to victories from the No. 1 pairing of Maria Linares/Karine-Marion Job (6-4 over Michelle Bacalla and Ashleigh Jacobs) and the No. 2 team of Turco/Margo Decker (6-4 over Elise Van Heuvelen and Danielle Bauers). But Iowa won four of the seven singles matches to help it hold on for a narrow victory at home.
“Even though we had the early lead,” Smith said, “we didn’t settle into our singles as well as I would have hoped.”
The Wildcats were able to halve their weekend in Iowa City, however, topping DePaul 4-1 on Saturday.
K-State, which is 6-4 this season, now returns to Manhattan and plays its next six matches at home. The first is Friday, when it hosts SMU at 11 a.m.
“As soon as we start taking control of matches and not hoping we’re given points, then we’re going to be an even better team,” Smith said. “Hopefully, we can show it this Friday against SMU.”