Cats Set for Five-Match Homestand

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State women’s tennis returns from a two-match Big 12 road trip to begin a five-match homestand on Wednesday against No. 36 Iowa at 1 p.m. at the Washburn Tennis Facility. This is the longest stretch of home matches since the 1998 season.


The Wildcats (5-6, 1-2 Big 12) ended a five-match losing streak on Friday with a 5-2 decision at Missouri. K-State recorded five singles victories for the first time since Feb. 9 against Saint Louis. K-State extended four of the five victories to three sets, including a 3-hour and 45-minute marathon victory by sophomore Natasha Vieira.


This season Kansas State is 21-15 in three-set matches with senior Viviana Yrureta leading the way from the number one singles position. Yrureta has tallied eight 3-set match wins this season, including four during the spring season.


Iowa (8-1, 1-0 Big 10) opened the season with a dominating performance during the Hawkeye Invitational by defeating Drake, Iowa State and Northern Iowa with a combined record of 27-2. The Hawkeyes have been led this season in singles play by senior Milica Veselinovic with a 15-4 record and senior Jacqueline Lee with a 14-7 record. The top doubles pairing this season has been Lee and freshman Alexis Dorr with a mark of 14-5.


This will be the first meeting between K-State and Iowa since March 12, 2006, when the Hawkeyes edged the Wildcats 4-3 in Manhattan. Iowa holds a 3-1 lead in the series between the schools. Admission is free to all K-State tennis matches.


Following the midweek match with Iowa, Kansas State will be off until March 28 and March 29 when they host Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, respectively.