Wildcats Travel to Beehive State

MANHATTAN, Kan. The No. 68 Kansas State women’s tennis team returns to action this weekend for a pair of matches against ranked opponents in the state of Utah. The Wildcats will face No. 66 Utah in Salt Lake City at 3 p.m. on Friday, followed by a match on Saturday at noon against No. 56 BYU in Provo.

 

K-State is ranked for the first time since Feb. 27, 2007, when the team was No. 63 in the ITA National Rankings.

 

The Wildcats (4-1) are coming off their first loss of the season, a 6-1 decision to No. 42 Tulsa on Feb. 17. A bright spot from the weekend’s matches was the play of the doubles teams and freshman Antea Huljev in singles play.

 

The three doubles teams put together a 3-3 record last weekend, but easily could have come away with a 6-0 mark. The Wildcats swept past Sam Houston State on Friday and against Tulsa, K-State lost all three doubles matches but extended two of them to an extra point and lost the third match, 8-5.

 

In dual match play this season, K-State’s doubles teams have recorded a 10-5 record and have captured the doubles point in all four of the wins this season.

 

In singles play, Huljev was able to come away from last weekend with a pair of straight set victories at the number four position. The Velenje, Slovenia, product is 10-8 in her debut season with K-State and is 5-2 during the spring.

 

Kansas State holds the upper-hand in the series with Utah at 10-6. The Wildcats have won seven straight over the Utes, including a 5-2 win in Manhattan last season. Utah (5-3) is coming off a 4-3 win over Nevada on Feb .16.

 

BYU (4-5) is currently riding a two-match winning streak, after dropping four straight before this upswing. In the last three of those four losses, the Cougars dropped each by a score of 4-3. BYU leads the series with K-State 15-2, including a 6-1 BYU win in Manhattan last season.

 

Kansas State will return to Manhattan for a two-match homestand beginning March 5 against Sunflower State rival, Kansas. Match time is 2 p.m.

 

 

NOTES:

Since the 2005 season, when K-State wins the doubles point the Wildcats are 23-6 (.793)... Kansas State’s top two singles positions this season have been at number two (4-1) and number four (4-1)... The Wildcats are 12-9 (.571) in three-set singles matches this season, including action in the fall.