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Shockers sweep doubleheader, Bearcats empty

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against Florida Atlantica

02/25/2023 | 1:00 pm

February 25th (Saturday) / 1pm

against Florida Atlantica


Wichita – In the Shockers’ first outdoor home games of the season, the team defeated Nebraska, 4-3, and shutout Northwest Missouri State, 4-0, Sunday at the Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex. “I’m happy with how we competed,” said manager Darragh Glavin. “It’s not easy to get a big win like that and then come back to play again an hour and a half later.” The Shockers (7-5) swept the double in both games with wins no. 1 and 2 by Kristof Minarik/Alex Richards and Misha Kvantaliani/Orel Ovil. The Shockers got off to a slow start in singles, but Kvantaliani and Richards rallied for first-set wins as Kvantaliani fought his way back from 5-1 lead to win 7-6(3). Both Kvantaliani and Richards dispatched their opponents in the second set, but the Huskers (4-4) had three singles victories, including a 6-3, 7-5 win by #109 Roni Hietaranta over #97 Minarik at #1 , to tie the match at 3-3. After falling in the first set to No. 4, freshman Alejandro Jacome leveled the match with a 6-2 second set win and carried the momentum into the third set, winning 6-2 with the match on the line to clinch the 4th -3 victory for the Shockers. “To have a team like that come here and take it to the last game and Alejandro, as a freshman, being able to keep his cool and wrap up the game was nice to see,” Glavin said. After a short hiatus, the Shockers returned to the court to face No. 1 Division II. 16 Northwest Missouri State (2-2). Leading 1-0 after doubles, Wichita State got off to a slow start once again in singles, but battled to four first-set wins. Ovil bounced back from a loss in the Nebraska match to take his first set at No. 2 in a tiebreaker and quickly finish the second, 6-1. Bracks and King also won in straight sets, securing a 4-0 Shockers win to wrap up the doubleheader. “It was great to be able to keep calm and go out and play good tennis when we needed it against a tough team,” said Glavin. “Great weekend overall and excited for the rest of the year.” Wichita State returns on the road February 25-26 in San Antonio for games against Florida Atlantic and UTSA.

4 Wichita Street, 3 Nebraska

Competition for singles
1. #109 Roni Hietaranta (NEB) def. #97 Kristof Minarik (WSU) 6-3, 7-5 2. Misha Kvantaliani (WSU) def. Leo Linquet (NEB) 7-6, 6-2 3. Shunya Maruyama (NEB) final. Orel Ovil (WSU) 6-2, 6-1 4. Alex Richards (WSU) def. Lars Johann (NEB) 6-4, 6-1 5. Alejandro Jacome (WSU) def. William Gleason (NEB) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 6. Nic Wiedenhorn (NEB) defender. Richey King (WSU) 6-4, 6-3
Double the competition
1. Kristof Minarik/Alex Richards (WSU) final. Nic Wiedenhorn/Shunya Maruyama (NEB) 6-4 2. Orel Ovil/Misha Kvantaliani (WSU) defend. William Gleason/Leo Linquet (NEB) 7-5 3. Roni Hietaranta/Lars Johann (NEB) def. Richey King/Luke Bracks (WSU) 6-4 Finishing order: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,4,1,2,5)

4 Wichita St., Northwest Mo. St. 0
Competition for singles
1. Misha Kvantaliani (WSU) vs. Andrea Zamurri (NWMSU) 6-7, 2-3, unfinished 2. Orel Ovil (WSU) final. Michael Delebois (NWMSU) 7-6, 6-1 3. Alex Richards (WSU) vs. Fabien Calloud (NWMSU) 5-7, 3-2, unfinished 4. Alejandro Jacome (WSU) vs. Jan Skerbatis (NWMSU) 6-4 , 5-6, unfinished 5. Richey King (WSU) def. Mason Meier (NWMSU) 7-5, 6-1 6. Luke Bracks (WSU) def. Simon Birgerson (NWMSU) 6-2, 6-1
Double the competition
1. Kristof Minarik/Alex Richards (WSU) final. Mason Meier/Jan Skerbatis (NWMSU) 6-2 2. Misha Kvantaliani/Orel Ovil (WSU) defend. Fabien Calloud/Michael Delebois (NWMSU) 6-3 3. Zach Grueber/Luke Bracks (WSU) vs. Andrea Zamurri/Fillippo Piranomonte (NWMSU) 4-4, unfinished Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,2,5)

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