Ekaterina Donetskova
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Tennis Drops Spring Opener at Wichita State

WICHITA, Kan. -- Missouri State opened its spring and Missouri Valley Conference tennis season Thursday afternoon with a 7-0 loss to Wichita State at Wichita Country Club.

The Bears fell to 2-1 on the season after earning a pair of dual victories in the fall, while the Shockers (1-0) extended their MVC unbeaten streak that began way back in 2009.

"For our first match of the year I thought we competed well," remarked head coach Mallory Weber after the competition. "Wichita State is arguably the best team we will play all year, so if we can continue to build off this match we have a great season ahead of us."

Missouri State's duo of Fati Khamissi and Ekaterina Donetskova posted a strong showing at No. 2 doubles, leading 4-2 when the Shockers clinched the doubles point by winning the Nos. 1 and 3 matches.

Wichita State swept the singles competition, however the Bears got strong showings from Donetskova, Alexia Meyer and Phoebe Boeschen in the bottom half of the lineup, with each taking at least four games from their WSU opponent.

The Bears return to the Sunflower State next Friday for a 10 a.m. match at Kansas State.

Match Results:
No. 1 doubles - Gabriela Porubin/Fatima Bizhukova (WSU) def. Alye Darter/Phoebe Boeschen (MSU), 6-0
No. 2 doubles - Fati Khamissi/Ekaterina Donetskova (MSU) led Ting-Ya Hsu/Tanaporn Thongsing (WSU), 4-2 (unfinished)
No. 3 doubles - Marta Bellucco/Giulia Guidetti (WSU) def. Alexia Meyer/Abbey Belote (MSU), 6-0
Order of finish: 3,1,unfinished

No. 1 singles - No. 93 Giulia Guidetti (WSU) def. Anelisse Torrico Moreno (MSU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 singles - Gabriela Porubin (WSU) def. Fati Khamissi (MSU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 singles - Tanaporn Thongsing (WSU) def. Alye Darter (MSU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 4 singles - Ting-Ya Hsu (WSU) def. Ekaterina Donetskova (MSU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 singles - Fatima Bizhukova (WSU) def. Alexia Meyer (MSU),  6-1, 6-3
No. 6 singles - Marta Bellucco (WSU) def. Phoebe Boeschen (MSU), 6-4, 6-0
Order of finish: 1,2,3,4,5,6
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