K-State Hosts Red Raiders and Bears

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State women’s tennis will conclude a five-match homestand this weekend, as the Wildcats host Texas Tech and No. 4 Baylor at the Washburn Tennis Facility. Admission to all K-State women’s tennis matches is free.


The Wildcats (6-8, 2-3 Big 12) split last weekend’s home series with Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, as K-State defeated the Cowgirls for the first time since March 9, 2003 with an exciting 4-3 decision on March 28.


K-State has two players with singles records that are .500 or better this season, senior Viviana Yrureta and freshman Antea Huljev. Yrureta has carded a 14-11 mark this season. The native of Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela is 8-5 during dual play this spring at the number one singles position and is 3-2 in the Big 12 and among the Big 12 leaders at number one singles.


Huljev is 13-13 in her debut season with the Wildcats. The product of Velenje, Slovenia moved to the number two position in the lineup on March 14 at Missouri and recently recorded her first victory in the slot with a three-set decision over Yawna Allen of Oklahoma State (5-7, 6-4, 6-4).


Texas Tech (9-7, 2-3 Big 12) has split its last four matches and is coming off a 6-1 loss to Colorado on March 30. The Red Raiders are led by senior Janet Durham with a 19-10 overall record and a 10-5 mark during the spring. She is 8-4 at the number four position in the lineup and 2-0 at the number two slot.


K-State leads the all-time series with Texas Tech, 11-7. The Wildcats have split the last six meetings with the Red Raiders, including the two matches last season as K-State won the matchup during the regular season in Manhattan, 5-2, but the Red Raiders won the Big 12 Championship meeting 4-1. The last time a team won consecutive matches in the series came during the 2003 season, as K-State defeated Texas Tech during the regular season and again in the Big 12 Championship.


Baylor (18-2, 4-0 Big 12) comes to Manhattan as the Big 12 leader and winners of 17 of its last 18 matches. The Bears have four players ranked among the top-85 in the nation in singles play, led by sophomore Lenka Broosova at No. 13, senior Zuzana Zemenova at No. 24 and freshman Taylor Ormond at No. 28. Zemenova is the Big 12 leader at number one singles with a 4-0 mark, while Broosova and Ormond are among the top-three at number two singles with unbeaten records of 2-0 and 3-0, respectively.


Baylor also has two doubles teams ranked among the top-60 in the nation. The tandem of Zemenova and Broosova is No. 2 in the nation and the pair of Ormond and freshman Jelena Stanivuk checks in this week at No. 57.


Baylor leads the all-time series with the Wildcats, 12-3, with the last K-State victory against the Bears coming on March 18, 2000 during a 5-4 decision in Manhattan.


Following this weekend, Kansas State will continue its march through the Texas schools. The Wildcats will face Texas A&M on April 11 and Texas on April 13.