The Mountaineer tennis team (7-16, 0-9 Big 12) traveled to Ames to take on the Iowa State Cyclones (15-4, 3-6 Big 12) for the season finale on Sunday. The match resulted in a 1-6 loss.
WVU finishes the regular season with zero wins against Big 12 teams.
The only win of the day was by freshman Tanya Lipatova. Lipatova was winning in the second set after losing the first one when her opponent had to forfeit.
Ting-Pei Chang and Camilla Bossi started the day off against Thasaporn Naklo and Christin Hsieh, who attended the same high school as Chang. Hsieh and Thasaporn scored first, then the two teams alternated games until it was 2-3. After that, Hsieh and Thasaporn kept the pressure on as Chang and Bossi lost 2-6.
Senior Nastya Bovolskaia and freshman Tanya Lipatova squared off against Iowa State’s Ange Oby Kajuru and Chie Kazuka. Bovolskaia and Lipatova had a rough start to their match, going down 0-3 but were able to make it 2-3. Bovolskaia and Lipatova started to slip and went down 2-5. The Mountaineer duo rallied to make it 4-5, but lost 4-6.
Freshman Kendall Kovick and sophomore Momoko Nagato played on court two against Sofia Cabezas and Miska Kadleckova. Kovick and Nagato went down 0-2 before scoring the next three games to make it 3-2. Cabezas and Kadleckova turned it right back around and made it 3-4 right before Kovick and Nagato tied it at four. They lost the next two games and lost 4-6.
Momoko Nagato returned to the lineup after missing the previous match against Oklahoma. She played on court four against Anna Supapitch Kuerum. Nagato had a hot start and took an early 3-0 lead. Supapitch turned it around immediately and won the next six to take the first set 3-6. Nagato’s struggles continued into the second set and she lost the match 3-6, 2-6.
Kendall Kovick played on court two against ISU’s Ange Oby Kajuru, who is ranked 91st in the country. Kovick took an early 2-1 lead, but Kajuru took the next five and won the first set 2-6. Kovick struggled to find her footing to start the second set, going down 0-3. Kajuru went up 4-0 before Kovick got her first game. Kovick lost the next two and lost the match 2-6, 1-6.
Nastya Bovolskaia played in the top spot for the third straight match, facing off against No. 56 Thasaporn Naklo. Naklo took the first game and the two alternated until it was 3-4. Bovolskaia lost the next two and lost the first set 3-6. Bovolskaia lost the first two games of the second set before getting her first to make it 1-2. Right after, Naklo took the next two games to go up 4-1. Bovolskaia got another game, but lost the match 3-6, 2-6. This match sealed the win for Iowa State.
Ting-Pei Chang faced off against one of her former teammates, Miska Kadleckova. Chang started out down 0-2 but made it 1-2 right after. Kadleckova took the next four and Chang dropped the first set 1-6. Chang took an early 1-0 lead to start the second set. She kept momentum and extended her lead to 4-0. After being down 1-5, Kadleckova majorly turned it around and won the next six games. Chang lost her match 1-6, 5-7.
Camilla Bossi played in the fifth spot against Chie Kezuka. The two alternated points early and ended up tied at two. Bossi soon found herself down 3-4. The two alternated games to make it 4-5 and Bossi lost the first set 4-6. Bossi never quite found her footing in the second set and lost 4-6, 1-6.
Tanya Lipatova squared off against Sofia Cabezas in the sixth spot. Lipatova took the first game but went down 1-2. Lipatova won the next two to go up 3-2. They alternated games, putting Lipatova up 4-3. Lipatova lost the next three, losing the first set 4-6. Lipatova played a tight first set where she found herself up 4-3. She won the next one but Cabezas won the next two, tying it at five. Lipatova went up 6-5 and won the match by retirement.
Court 1: Christin Hsieh/Thasaporn Naklo (ISU) def. #73 Camilla Bossi/Ting-Pei Chang (WVU) 6-2
Court 2: Sofia Cabezas/Miska Kadleckova (ISU) def. Momoko Nagato/Kendall Kovick (WVU) 6-4
Court 3: Ange Oby Kajuru/Chie Kezuka (ISU) def. Anastasiia Bovolskaia/Tatiana Lipatova (WVU) 4-6
Court 1: #56 Thasaporn Naklo (ISU) def. Anastasiia Bovolskaia (WVU) 6-3, 6-2
Court 2: #91 Ange Oby Kajuru (ISU) def. Kendall Kovick (WVU) 6-2, 6-1
Court 3: Miska Kedleckova (ISU) def. Ting-Pei Chang (WVU) 6-1, 7-5
Court 4: Anna Supapitch Kuearum (ISU) def. Momoko Nagato (WVU) 6-3, 6-2.
Court 5: Chie Kezuka (ISU) def. Camilla Bossi (WVU) 6-4, 6-1
Court 6: Tatiana Lipatova (WVU) def. Sofia Cabezas (ISU) 4-6, 6-5 WR
WVU will play again on Thursday to start the Big 12 Championship tournament. They will face Iowa State again at 11 a.m.
Photo courtesy of WVU Tennis twitter: @WVUTennis