Wildcats Sweep Past Bulldogs in Season Opener

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State Wildcats took the doubles point and didn’t look back in a 7-0 win over the Drake Bulldogs in Ahearn Field House on Saturday.


The Wildcats swept through the Bulldogs in doubles play to earn a 1-0 lead and won the first three singles matches in straight sets to earn the team’s first win of the season.


Olga Klimova and Katerina Kudlackova finished first in doubles for Kansas State, topping Drake’s Sarah Plowman and Veronika Leszayova, 8-2, at the No. 1 position. Maria Perevoschikova teamed with Tamar Kvaratskhelia at No. 3 doubles to defeat Irina Kalashnikova and Eve Rusdianto, 8-1, and Fernanda Da Valle and Viviana Yrureta won at No. 2 doubles, 8-3, over Kari Sloboth and Allison Wilkie.


Perevoshchikova opened singles play with a straight-set win over Zi Wang at No. 3, and was followed in victory by Kvaratskhelia at No. 2 and Kudlackova at No. 4. Kudlackova’s win over Eve Rusdianto clinched the match for the Wildcats and gave the team its fifth consecutive win over the Bulldogs.


Viviana Yrureta dropped the first set to Leszayova in their match at No. 1 singles, but rallied for wins in the second and third sets to earn a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win. Yrureta leads the Wildcats with 10 wins this season.


Fernanda Da Valle had the quickest match of the afternoon and defeated Allison Wilkie, 6-1, 6-0, to earn her first win of the spring. Natasha Vieira won her first set over Sloboth in a tie-break and closed out the sweep for the Wildcats with a 6-4 score in the second set.


The Wildcats face another Missouri Valley Conference opponent when they travel to Wichita State next weekend. After a tilt with the Shockers, Kansas State will return to Manhattan and host Utah (Feb. 16) and Brigham Young (Feb. 17).


Kansas State vs. Drake

Ahearn Field House

Manhattan, Kan. 1.27.07


1. Viviana Yrureta (KSU) def. Veronika Leszayova (Drake), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

2. Tamar Kvaratskhelia (KSU) def. Irina Kalashnikova (Drake), 6-3, 6-3

3. Maria Perevoschikova (KSU) def. Zi Wang (Drake), 6-2, 6-1

4. Katerina Kudlackova (KSU) def. Eve Rusdianto (Drake), 6-3, 6-3

5. Fernanda Da Valle (KSU) def. Allison Wilkie (Drake), 6-1, 6-0

6. Natasha Vieira (KSU) def. Kari Sloboth (Drake), 7-5, 6-4

Order of Completion: 3, 2, 4, 5, 1, 6


1. Olga Klimova/Katerina Kudlackova (KSU) def.  Veronika Leszayova/Sarah Plowman (Drake), 8-2

2. Fernanda Da Valle/Viviana Yrureta (KSU) def. Kari Sloboth/Allison Wilkie (Drake), 8-3

3. Maria Perevoschikova/Tamar Kvaraskhelia (KSU) def. Irina Kalashnikova/Eve Rusdianto (Drake), 8-1

Order of Completion: 3, 1, 2