K-State Concludes Homestand Tuesday

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State women’s tennis will welcome in No. 33 Wichita State on Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. in Ahearn Field House to conclude a three-match homestand. Admission to the match is free.


The Wildcats are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2003 season when the team started 4-0. K-State has been paced by its first three seeds this season, as the top three spots in the lineup have combined for a 6-0 mark. Senior Viviana Yrureta leads the squad from the number one position with an 8-6 overall record and a 2-0 mark in dual play.


Also making her mark in singles action is freshman Vanessa Cottin. The January addition from Ouiainville, France has won two straight in dual play from the number two position after beginning her career during the Georgia Invitational with a 0-3 mark in her debut in singles action for the Wildcats.


In doubles play, K-State has won five of six matches this season to capture the doubles point in both wins. The number one tandem of senior Olga Klimova and junior Katerina Kudlackova paces the team with a 2-0 record during dual play. The duo is now 16-13 over the last two seasons, including the recent three-match winning streak.


This will be the Shockers second match of the season. Wichita State opened the season on Feb. 1 with a 7-0 loss at No. 5 Georgia. Shockers head coach Chris Young’s team is led by sophomore Stephanie Dalmacio. The native of Brasilia, Brazil is ranked No. 77 in the nation in the ITA singles rankings.


K-State leads the overall series, 19-17, but the Shockers captured last season’s matchup in Wichita, 6-1. The Wildcats are 47-24 all-time against the Missouri Valley Conference, including wins in six of the last seven meetings with schools from the league.


Following its match with Wichita State, Kansas State will hit the road for four matches, beginning with two matches in Tulsa, Okla. The Wildcats will face Sam Houston State on Feb. 16, followed by the No. 43 Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Feb. 17 at the Case Tennis Center.