K-State Begins Five-Match Road Stretch

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women's tennis will begin a five-match road trip this weekend, as the Wildcats visit Tulsa, Okla., to face North Texas and No. 42 Tulsa on Saturday and Sunday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. This is the third time in the last four years that K-State has gone on a five-match road trip.

K-State (3-3, 0-0 Big 12) will look to rebound from a 4-3 loss to Wichita State last Saturday. The Wildcats captured the doubles point for the third straight match and the fifth time this spring, but were unable to use the momentum to capture the match win.

Kansas State continues to be led by its top doubles combination of junior Antea Huljev and sophomore Nina Sertic. The duo has won five straight doubles matches and own a 12-5 record this season. Since being paired together last spring, Huljev and Sertic are 14-11 and are 7-5 in the number one position in the doubles lineup.

In singles play, the bottom portion of K-State's singles lineup continued its strong start to the spring with wins at number five and six singles. Sophomore Petra Chuda earned her second straight win and her first at number five singles with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Florentina Hanisch of Wichita State.

Freshman Carmen Borau Ramos also won her second straight match with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Lily Wakim. The five and six positions in the singles lineup are now 9-3 this spring for the Wildcats.

K-State freshman Maryna Chumak had her personal five-match winning streak snapped against Wichita State. The product of Odessa, Ukraine, still owns one of the top singles records this spring with a 4-1 mark and she is tied with Ana Gomez Aleman for the wins by a freshman this season with eight.

In the series with North Texas, K-State holds a 2-1 lead in the series. The last time these schools met was March 12, 1990, with the Wildcats winning 8-1. The Mean Green own a 5-3 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. K-State is 7-4 all-time against schools from the Sun Belt Conference.

Against Tulsa, K-State owns a 7-6 edge in the series with the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa has won three straight in the series, including last season's meeting in Manhattan, 4-0. The Golden Hurricane is 9-4 overall and 1-1 in Conference USA. Kansas State is 10-11 against schools from Conference USA.

Following this weekend in Tulsa, the Wildcats will begin Big 12 play on March 19 and 21. K-State will face Texas A&M in College Station on March 19, followed by a trip to Austin to face Texas on March 21.