KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC women’s tennis dropped a pair of matches on Sunday to Wichita State and Mizzou. The Roos fell 4-0 in both matchups.
“A lot of credit goes to Wichita State and Mizzou,” assistant coach David Heckler said. “We showed good energy and had a lot of opportunities, especially in the doubles. They both have great teams full of fighters and a lot of talent. Our team is fighting to grow physically, mentally and strategically. Matches likes these will help us grow the most.”
In the morning session against the Shockers, Yana Grechkina (Vladimir, Russia) and Melinda Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) earned a 6-2 win in No. 1 doubles over Fatima Bizhukova and Gabriela Porubin. Aliona Ladutska (Minsk, Belarus) and Marina Albert (Thebes, Egypt) fell 6-4 to Tanaporn Thongsing and Ting-Ya Hsu on the No. 2 court. WSU earned the doubles point with a 6-4 win in No. 3 play with a victory by Giulia Guidetti and Marija Mastilovic over Thanushree Vale (Chennai, India) and Mariam Kurasbediani (Tbilsi, Georgia).
In singles, Johnson fell to Guidetti 6-2, 4-6 on the No. 2 court. Albert was beaten 6-1, 6-0 by Thongsing in No. 3 play. Vale dropped a 6-2, 6-1 match to Hsu in No. 6 action to seal the match for the Shockers.
Later in the evening, the Roos dropped another 4-0 match to Mizzou. The Tigers claimed the doubles point and three singles matches as well.
Johnson and Grechkina fell to Brianna Lashway and Tate Schroeder, 6-1, in No. 1 doubles. Ladutska and Albert were beaten 6-3 by Bea Machado Santos and Cassidy Spearman in the No. 2 match to give the Tigers the doubles point.
On the singles courts, Albert was forced to retire in the No. 3 match, giving Spearman the victory. Grechkina fell 6-4, 6-1 in No. 4 play and Vale was beaten 6-1, 6-0 by Claire Sullivan in the No. 6 match.
“The matches were pretty hard,” Grechkina said. “Playing against this level of opponent, you have to create chances and seize your opportunities. Even though we lost on the scoreboard, it was a big victory for us. I feel after the matches that the team is much better than before. We are stronger, playing smarter and fighting harder. The team is also getting better in energy, cheering for each other more and more. Personally, I’m getting stronger mentally and using my emotions to win instead of fighting against myself, and this is huge for me.”
UMKC hosts William Jewell on Wednesday at 12 p.m. CT at the Kansas City Racquet Club.
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