Wildcats Prepare for Visit From Utah

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Wildcats will take on two opponents from the state of Utah this weekend, beginning Friday at 3 p.m. in Ahearn Field House.

Kansas State will tangle with the Utah Utes (3-2, 0-0 MWC) on Friday afternoon and face Mountain West and national power BYU (2-4, 0-0 MWC) on Saturday at noon.

Kansas State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) has had two weeks since its last competition, a 6-1 loss to Wichita State. The Wildcats are itching to rebound from the shocking defeat and look to the Utes to turn around their fortunes.

Utah enters the contest unranked and on the end of a six game skid to the Wildcats. Kansas State took last year’s meeting with a 5-2 decision in Salt Lake City.

Like the Wildcats, the Utes have had some time off recently but competed Wednesday against Weber State.

The Utes have only defeated the Wildcats once in Manhattan and Kansas State will put the streak on the line on Friday at 3 p.m. in Ahearn.

K-State will face its stiffest test of the young season when they square off with BYU on Saturday. The Cougars enter the contest on a four-match skid but played Kansas on Friday.

BYU’s recent losing streak is deceptive, however, as all four losses have come against nationall ranked teams including No. 10 Baylor, No. 18 Clemson and No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth at the ITA/USTA Women’s Team Indoor National Championships.

The 34th-ranked Cougars have a huge edge in the all-time series, posting a 14-2 mark against the Wildcats. Kansas State has reason to hope however, dropping a narrow 4-3 decision to BYU last time the Cougars visited Manhattan in 2005.

Kansas State’s last win over BYU kicked off the 2003 campaign and catapulted the Wildcats to a school-record 15 win season and NCAA Tournament run.

Kansas State fell to No. 63 in the latest Fila/Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, ten spots below where they opened the season.

Friday and Saturday’s matches mark the last home matches before Kansas State begins a four-match road trip. The Wildcats will be the visitors in 10 of the next 12 duals.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Kansas State Wildcats became the second Big 12 team to fall at the hands of the Wichita State this season after dropping a 6-1 decision in Wichita on Feb 3. Wichita State snapped a 10-match losing streak to Kansas State and avenged a 7-0 loss to the Wildcats in Manhattan last season by winning the doubles point and winning in all but one in singles. Kansas State’s Maria Perevoshchikova was won at No. 3 singles to help Kansas State avoid a sweep. Wichita State has defeated five ranked teams and is 5-0 to start the season.