Cats Host Lobos on Saturday

MANHATTAN, Kan. No. 67 Kansas State will look to snap a four-match losing streak on Saturday, as the Wildcats welcome in No. 46 New Mexico at 11 a.m.


The site of the match will be determined on Saturday by the on-site official. If the temperature is below 50 degrees, the match will be played in Ahearn Field House. If the temperature is 50 degrees or higher, the match will be played at the Washburn Tennis Facility located at the Peters Recreation Complex on the K-State campus.


The Wildcats (4-4, 0-1 Big 12) were led in singles action on Wednesday against Kansas by senior Viviana Yrureta and freshman Antea Huljev. Yrureta snapped a three-match losing streak with a three-set win over Magdalena Tokarczyk of Kansas on Wednesday afternoon. The product of Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela is now 10-9 this season.


Huljev improved her overall record to 12-9 this season and 5-3 this spring. The Velenje, Slovenia, native registered a straight set win over Kunigunda Dorn. This was Huljev’s fourth straight win in the number four position in the K-State singles lineup and brings her record to 4-1 in the position.


K-State captured its first doubles point since a Feb. 12 win over then-No. 34 Wichita State, but it was the first time this season K-State has lost a match when winning the point. Over the last three seasons, K-State is 22-7 (.759) when winning the doubles point.


The number one doubles team of senior Olga Klimova and junior Katerina Kudlackova, ended a three-match losing streak with an 8-3 decision over Elizaveta Avdeeva and Edina Horvath of Kansas. The duo is now 5-6 on the season and 18-17 over the last two seasons.


New Mexico (5-4) will face K-State and Kansas this weekend during their trip to the Sunflower State. The Lobos have been led this season by junior Ola Abou-Zekry and freshman Emma Heyman. Abou-Zekry has registered a 5-4 record this spring and a 4-4 mark at the number one position in the lineup. Heyman has also carded a 5-4 mark in the spring and a 4-3 record at the number five position.


In the series history, the Lobos hold an 8-2 advantage over the Wildcats. New Mexico won the last meeting on February 25 in Albuquerque, 6-1.


Kansas State will take to the road to continue Big 12 action next week, as the Wildcats visit Missouri (March 14) and Colorado (March 16).