Tennis Travels to Face In-State Rival Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State will close out the road portion of its schedule and take on in-state rival Kansas with a meeting in Lawrence, Kan., on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

 

The Wildcats (4-11, 2-4 Big 12) have won two consecutive matches heading into the mid-week dual and look to make it three straight against the Jayhawks (4-12, 2-5 Big 12).

 

Both teams find themselves in similar situations. Both teams near the bottom of the Big 12 standings and are looking for their third win in the conference. Both teams have four wins and double digit losses. Both teams also have considerably different lineups than what they started the season with.

 

Unlike Kansas State, however, the Jayhawks enter the match as losers in their last four, including a 4-3 loss to north division rival Missouri on Saturday.

 

The Jayhawks hold a 37-7 all-time series edge over the Wildcats and are 16-3 in matches played in Lawrence. Kansas State has won two straight, including a 6-1 decision last season and a 4-3 win on the road two years ago.

 

Kansas State has had an impressive week thanks largely to Fernanda Da Valle and Tamar Kvaratskhelia. Both Wildcats won in singles as the Wildcats snapped a 10-game skid with a win last Wednesday against Iowa State, and both were winners in a 5-2 match with Texas Tech on Saturday. Additionally, Kvaratskhelia won twice in doubles with partner Natasha Vieira. 

 

The Wildcats continue to be led in doubles by Olga Klimova and Katka Kudlackova, who are 5-1 in Big 12 competition this season and have helped K-State win the doubles point in three of the past four matches.

 

Kansas also has a strong doubles pair in Elizaveta Avdeeva and Edina Horvath. The duo is 21-5 this year with a 13-3 mark in dual play. Avdeeva and Horvath are 6-1 in Big 12 matches this season.

 

K-State will close out the regular season with four home matches over the next two weekends, beginning with Colorado on Saturday and Nebraska on Sunday.