K-State Preparing for In-State Bout with Shockers

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State travels to Wichita for an in-state tennis showdown with the Wichita State Shockers on Saturday.

The Wildcats (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) have taken the last 10 meetings, including a 7-0 sweep in Ahearn Field House last season, but the Shockers sent waves through the Big 12 north with a 6-1 win over Nebraska last weekend.

Wichita State (2-0, 0-0 MVC) swept Wyoming the day before and earned the program’s first ever national ranking by appearning at No. 62 in Tuesday’s Fila/Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.

The Shockers will be the second straight Missouri Valley Conference opponent for the Wildcats. Kansas State opened the season last Saturday with a 7-0 sweep over the Drake Bulldogs.

K-State won the doubles point and surrendered just one set throughout the entire match on Saturday. Kansas State dropped one spot to No. 54 in Tuesday’s poll.

Kansas State’s Katerina Kudlackova won her third consecutive match of the spring on Saturday at the No. 4 singles position and was one of six Wildcats to start the dual play season with wins.

Viviana Yrureta and Natasha Vieira earned their first collegiate dual match wins.

Yrureta, who emerged as the top Wildcat in the fall, defeated Drake’s Veronika Leszayova at No. 1 singles to notch her 10th singles win of the year.

Vieira, a freshman from Carabobo, Venezuela, defeated Kari Sloboth in straight sets at No. 6.

Wichita State’s lineup has some familiar faces from last season but the middle of the order has been infused with talented freshmen.

Florentina Hanisch was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for her role in the Shockers wins last weekend. Hanisch won both her matches at No. 2 singles.

Lenore Lazariou and Stephanie Dalmacio are the other two newcomers to the Shockers lineup and have posted 2-0 records thus far.Wichita State’s No. 1 player Madina Rakhim was ranked in the top-100 last fall.

Saturday’s match will be held at the Genesis Health Club on Rock Road in Wichita, formerly the Wichita Racquet Club.