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  • #16
    Shocks fall to 1-4 on the season losing at Houston 4-1.

    "The effort and energy are there, we just simply need to play better in big moments. We lost a bunch of close sets and need to have a little better plan and identity as far as what we want to do in those moments".

    Fatima Bizhukova still on the shelf apparently. Combined with trying to replace Gabriela Porubin and Giulia Guidetti and the Shocks are struggling a bit so far this Spring.


    • #17
      Shockers knocked of Lousville (4-1), Nebraska (4-1) and Creighton (4-1) this weekend in Lincoln. As a result 10th year Shocker head coach Colin Foster becomes the all-time leader in women's tennis wins as the head coach at Wichita State. Foster has compiled an impressive 179-75 record in his 10 years as head coach. A Purdue graduate and three-year assistant at TCU, Foster passed Les Stafford (178-143, 16 seasons) for most wins in the history of women's tennis. Foster claimed eight MVC Regular Season Titles, eight MVC Tournament Titles and has reached the NCAA Team Championships nine-straight years.

      …becoming the wins leader at Wichita State after collecting his 179th victory as head coach:
      "It's a testament to all the quality players, but more importantly to me- the quality people we've been able to coach. Also, to have an administration that supports us and believes in what we're doing and to be able to do this with my wife, Kewa, makes this such a special and fun place to coach and hopefully we have many more wins to come."

      Congratulations Coach Foster.

      Fatima Bizhukova continues to be missing from the lineup. Although I have not seen or heard what her situation is.


      • #18
        The Shockers (5-4) will take on No. 39 SMU on Friday at 11 a.m. followed by Cincinnati at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the Wichita Country Club. Sundays match will be sponsored by Dr. Matthew Conrad, with free donuts and bagels available throughout the match.


        • #19
          Great win!


          • ShockTalk
            ShockTalk commented
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            1972Shocker, when you going to use ShockerNet credentials to get the story on Fatima?

          • 1972Shocker
            1972Shocker commented
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            I have Shockernet credentials? I assumed the minute you mention Shockernet doors will close quickly. I guess someone could head out to the WCC Sunday morning for the Cincy match at 9:00 and see what they might be able to divine. Worse case is you get some free donuts and bagels.
            Last edited by 1972Shocker; 4 weeks ago.

          • ShockTalk
            ShockTalk commented
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            I thought you'd get a kick out of that.

        • #20
          The Shocks traveled up the road to #37 K-State on Thursday and pretty much were dominated by the Wildcats getting whitewashed 7-0.

          I'm beginning to wonder if we have the same situation with Fatima Bizhukova as the softball team has with Bailey Lange. Losing their best player to a season ending injury maybe? Fatima has missed the 1st 12 dual matches of the spring season with only 10 remaining before the AAC Championships.


          • #21
            The Shocks fell 0-4 to #8 Oklahoma State on Sunday at the Wichita Country Club. Generally, OSU dominated this match but there were a couple of interesting things. The most interesting and perhaps most promising thing for the Shocks was that their best player, Fatima Bizhukova was in action for the first time 13 matches in to the spring season.

            Fatima and Marta Bellucco who were ranked #46 in doubles coming into the season did not finish their match with the #21 ranked OSU team but they were leading 5-3 when OSU clinched the doubles point.

            In singles play Fatima played in the #1 slot against #26 ranked Katarina (Arturo) Stresnakova. Again that match went unfinished tied at 1 set each (0-6, 6-2) when OSU clinched the match.

            The Shockers forfeited the #6 singles. I noticed our that senior Sandra Honigova, perhaps our 2nd best player did not play in this match. Could have been a last second injury or perhaps illness hit.

            In any case, great to have Fatima back. Hope she can stay healthy. She can make a big difference for the Shocks.

            Last edited by 1972Shocker; 1 week ago.


            • #22
              The Shockers returned to the courts today to take on #39 Gonzaga and came a way with an impressive 6-1 win over the Lady Zags. Both Fatima and Sandra were back in action for the Shocks.

              Gonzaga's #26 ranked doubles team took down the Shockers #46 doubles team of Fatima and Marta in a tiebreaker losing the tiebreaker 8-6. However, the Shocker duo of Ting-Ya Hsu and Lingwei Kong had already secured the #3 doubles with a 6-2 win. In the #2 doubles Sarvinoz Saidheujaeva and Esther Thebault battled to a tiebreaker and then clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 win in the tiebreaker to turn the tables on Gonzaga and give the Shocks the doubles point.

              In a bit of an unusual circumstance the order of finish in the singles matches was 1, 2. 3, 4, 5, 6. In the No. 1 singles Fatima took on the 7th ranked singles player in the country and won in impressive fashion 6-2 and 6-3. Sandra returned to action and was sharp as well taking the #2 singles 6-4, 6-4. Esther pulled out a 3rd set tiebreaker victory in #3 singles. Sarvinoz fell in the #4 singles in 3 sets, Lingwei won the #5 singles with a 10-8 win in tiebreaker in lieu of a standard set. Ting-Ya won the #6 singles 6-2 and 7-6 winning the tiebreaker by an 11-9 score.


              ..clinching the doubles point in highly contested matches:

              "The doubles point really could have gone either way. I thought both teams did a great job of competing and fighting. It wasn't always pretty points, but just fighting. It could have gone either way, but obviously that is a huge point to get on the board against a good team.Ting-Ya (Hsu) and LingWei (Kong) have struggled a little bit the last couple times out in doubles. They put in a little extra work this morning and I think it showed with a convincing win. Then we were able to get one more across the line for the doubles point."

     points and Fatima Bizhukova knocking off No. 7 Sophie Whittle in the top slot:
              "In singles, we expected a fight from them. We came out and got leads- up a set in all four courts in here. They didn't back down, and we knew they wouldn't. They put us under some pressure on all the courts, and we did well to just handle that pressure. Esther (Thebault) finding a way to win after having a whole bunch of match points earlier in the third set shows a lot of maturity on her part. Then of course Fatya (Bizhukova) - it's great to have her back in the lineup and shes proven over and over in her career that shes capable of wins like today. Really good result and performance from here, but not surprising from my end."


              Hopefully, everyone can stay healthy now an it will be interesting to see what the Ladies can do at full strength.
              Last edited by 1972Shocker; 1 week ago.


              • #23
                The Lady Shocks traveled to Florida this weekend for a couple of matches against fellow AAC members.

                The Shocks took in USF today in Tampa and fell by a score of 4-1. Of interest in this match is that Fatima Bizhukova played in the doubles portion of the match but did not participated in singles play.

                "We've found a way to win some of those close doubles points this year, today it just wasn't meant to be in that area. In singles, we fought hard but in the end they were just good. Sarvinoz (Saidhujaeva) continues to play with a lot of confidence, belief, and energy. I thought on the other courts USF brough that energy and belief to the big points just a bit more than us and fed off of being at home. In the end, they just outplayed us and deserved the win."


                The Shocks jump out of the frying pan into the fire on Sunday in Orlando when they take on #26 UCF at 11:00 am CDT.


                • #24
                  The Shocks fell to #28 UCF 4-0 who won the doubles point and then dominated the Shocks in winning the #3, #4 and #5 singles matches.


                  Fatima was back in both the doubles and singles lineup although didn't do the Shocks much good today.