Wildcats Look to Turn it Around at Home Against Tulsa

MANHATTAN, Kan. K-State hopes a home-court advantage can help turn its fortunes around as the Wildcats seek to snap a four match skid on Saturday against Tulsa at 11 a.m.  


The Wildcats (2-5, 0-1 Big 12) dropped their fourth consecutive match last weekend in a 6-1 loss to Missouri but are looking to turn things around in Manhattan where they are 2-1 this season.


Kansas State holds a 7-3 all-time series lead with Tulsa (12-2, 2-0 CUSA) and has taken all three meetings in Manhattan, but Tulsa rides into Manhattan as winner in three of the last four and as the No. 33 team in the nation.


The Wildcats will get a boost to their lineup with the anticipated return of Fernanda Da Valle. Da Valle made two starts at No. 2 in the singles lineup and teamed with Viviana Yrureta in doubles before missing the Missouri match with a strained neck.


Katerina Kudlackova picked up a win in doubles with Olga Klimova last weekend and joined Yrureta as the only Wildcats to notch singles wins against Missouri on Saturday.


K-State won last year’s meeting, 4-3, in Tulsa the first meeting between the two teams since a 9-0 win at home by Tulsa in 1999. Tulsa opened the season by winning its first nine matches.


Tulsa’s lineup boasts five players with double-digit wins, including team leaders Agostina Santoro (19-3) and Santie Delport (18-4). Santoro is a perfect 11-0 in dual play while making most of her appearances at No. 5 and No. 6 for the Golden Hurricane. Delport is 10-2 in dual play, including a 6-0 mark at No. 3.


Saturday’s match will begin with doubles play at 11 a.m. If the temperature is above 50 degrees and the wind is less than 20 mph, K-State and Tulsa will play the match outside at the Washburn Tennis Facility by the Peters Recreation Complex. If it is too cold or too windy, the teams will match-up indoors at Ahearn Field House.