Sunday, October 21, 2012
Tulsa, Okla. Kansas University freshman Maria Jose Cardona fell in the quarterfinals of the main singles draw Sunday at the ITA Regional Tennis Championships.
Cardona lost to Hermon Brhane of Oklahoma, 6-4, 6-1, after winning her first three matches of the tournament.
“(Cardona) competed hard, but she was just somewhat fatigued today,” KU coach Amy Hall-Holt said. “She fought and fought, and I know it probably wasn’t her best game that she played all week. She’s a good little fighter and she beat several top-ranked players over the weekend.”
Cardona defeated Nebraska’s Makie Zeppernick, 7-6 (6), 6-1, in the opening round before battling past Sarah McLean of Arkansas in round two on Friday, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1. She then defeated Wichita State’s Lucia Kovalova in Saturday’s round of 16, 6-2, 6-4.
“We’re just so excited for what the future holds for her and for the Jayhawks,” Hall-Holt said.