Sunday, October 21, 2012

Kansas’ Cardona falls in ITA quarters


— 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.


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