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Mar. 1, 1997

Red Raiders Take Care of Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas State women's tennis team had its four match winning streak snapped as Texas Tech posted a 5-4 win over the Wildcats in K-State's Big 12 Conference debut.

K-State fell behind in singles play and was never able to recover. Texas Tech started 3-0 in singles, posting wins at #1, #3 and #5 before K-State was able to pick up its first point. Erika played a very spirited match with Yana Dorodnova at #1 singles, with Fisher prevailing in three sets.

Perhaps the most exciting match in singles play came at #6, where true freshman Aisha Butt picked up her fourth win of the spring. Butt fell behind 4-0 in the first set, but rallied to win 12 consecutive games to steal a victory from Carrie Helbing.

K-State started fast in doubles, with Dorodnova and Lena Piliptchak posting an 8-0 shutout at #1. Dinah Watson and Chris Schulte were involved in a dog-fight at #3, and eventually prevailed 9-7. The #2 match would be the one to clinch the win for Texas Tech, and it was a match where the outcome was never in doubt. Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead, and aside from a close loss in game three, were never seriously challenged.

K-State falls to 4-2 with the loss, and opens their Big 12 schedule 0-1. Texas Tech evened their season record at 4-4, and are now 1-1 against the Big 12.

Singles
1.  Erika Fisher (TT) def. Yana Dorodnova (KS)         6-4, 3-6, 6-4
2.  Eva Eguiguren (TT) def. Lena Piliptchak (KS)       6-4, 6-3
3.  Amanda Earhart (TT) def. Dinah Watson (KS)         6-4, 6-2
4.  Karen Nicholson (KS) def. Lakshmi Ravindra (TT)    6-4, 6-3
5.  Misty Meyer (TT) def. Chris Schulte (KS)           3-6, 6-1, 6-2
6.  Aisha Butt (KS) def. Carrie Helbing (TT)           6-4, 6-0
Doubles
1.  Dorodnova/Piliptchak (KS) def. Fisher/Ravindra (TT)       8-0
2.  Earhart/Eguiguren (TT) def. Butt Nicholson (KS)           8-1
3.  Watson/Schulte (KS) def. Meyer/Christine Van Regenmorter  9-7

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