K-State Tennis Returns to the Road

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women's tennis will return to the road this weekend, as the Wildcats visit Albuquerque, N.M., to face No. 71 Nevada on Saturday and New Mexico on Sunday.

K-State (2-1) will look to shake off its first loss of the season, as the Wildcats fell to Iowa in the home opener, 7-0, on Feb. 13. The loss halted K-State's five-match winning streak in home openers.

The Wildcats' lone win on Saturday against the Hawkeyes came at the number two doubles position. The tandem of freshman Karla Bonacic and sophomore Nina Sertic defeated Zuzi Chmelarova and Meril Beelen, 8-6. This was the first time Bonacic and Sertic were paired together by head coach Steve Bietau. Sertic brought her doubles record this season to 9-9, while Bonacic is now 4-7 in her debut season in Manhattan.

Saturday's meeting between Kansas State and Nevada will be the first between the schools. The Wildcats will look to win its second match against a school from the Western Athletic Conference, as K-State owns a 1-9 mark against schools from the league.

K-State is 2-9 against New Mexico, last facing the Lobos on March 8, 2008 in Manhattan and falling 5-2. K-State's last win over New Mexico came on Jan. 26, 2002, a 4-3 decision. Against schools from the Mountain West Conference, K-State is 17-40.

Following this weekend's matches in Albuquerque, K-State will return to Manhattan to host Wichita State on Feb. 27. The match with the Shockers will be played at Cottonwood Racquet Club and will begin at 12 p.m. Admission is free to the public.