Tennis Prepares for Texas Two-Step

MANHATTAN, Kan. The K-State tennis team travels to Texas this weekend where the Wildcats will face defending Big 12 champion Baylor on Sunday and visit No. 37 Texas Christian on Monday.  


The Wildcats (2-6, 0-1 Big 12) will play in their second Big 12 Conference match of the season when they tangle with the Bears (8-6, 3-1) on Sunday at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Wildcats dropped their conference-opening match to Missouri, 5-2, and were snowed out against Iowa State.


Kansas State nearly upset No. 33 Tulsa on Saturday, but a late push by the Wildcats was held off. Tamar Kvaratskhelia and Natasha Vieira scored points with wins in singles, but the Wildcats dropped a 5-2 decision and lost their fifth consecutive match. 


Baylor opens a six match home streak by hosting the Wildcats and has won three of the last four. The Bears, ranked No. 25 in the latest national poll, are 3-1 in Big 12 play, losing their first match in the conference in two years at Colorado on March 4.


Baylor’s lineup yields four players with national rankings, led by two-time All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year Zuzana Zemenova (38). No. 52 Zuzana Cerna has 18 singles wins for the Bears and freshman Lenka Broosova (67) leads the team with 21 singles wins this season.


K-State will play its second night match of the season when they square off with TCU on Monday at 7 p.m. The Horned Frogs will face No. 5 California on Saturday before hosting the Wildcats. TCU has won three of its last four matches.


The Horned Frogs have three nationally ranked individuals No. 37 Ana Cetnik, No. 84 Nina Munch-Soegaard and No. 104 Anna Sydorska. Soegaard and Sydorska are both 10-2 in dual play this season and Sydorska team’s with Cetnik to form the No. 7 doubles team in the nation. Kansas State is 0-2 all-time in two trips to Fort Worth and against the Horned Frogs.


The Wildcats travel to Fresno State next Thursday and close a five-match road trip with Oklahoma (March 31) and Oklahoma State (April 1).