K-State Set for Big 12 Championships

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women’s tennis will enter postseason action on Thursday at 10 a.m., as K-State begins play in the 2009 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships in Norman, Okla.

K-State (4-14, 1-10 Big 12) is in a unique position, as the Wildcats’ first round opponent is still yet to be determined. K-State’s opponent will be determined on Wednesday, April 22 at 10 a.m., as Nebraska and Colorado play a rescheduled regular season match that will determine the fourth and fifth seed in the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships.

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY FOR K-STATE:  Entering the 13th Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships, K-State will look for its 10th win in the tournament’s history. The Wildcats enter action this weekend with a 9-12 (.429) record in the conference tournament. K-State has won its first round match in three of the last four seasons and in eight of the 12 previous championships.

The deepest K-State has advanced in the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships came during the 2000 season, as the Wildcats reached the semifinals with a pair of wins.

Last season, K-State went 1-1 by defeating Nebraska 4-3 in the first round and then fell 4-0 to Texas in the quarterfinals.

FRESHMEN TRIO EMERGESDuring the last four matches, K-State’s trio of freshmen (Petra Chuda, Nina Sertic and Mariya Slupska) have each registered a record of 2-2 in singles action.

The trio helped K-State end its season-high losing streak of 10 matches by all winning their respective matches against No. 63 Nebraska on April 11. For the season, the group is 31-49 overall in singles play (Chuda: 11-20 in singles; Sertic: 8-12 in singles; Slupska: 12-17 in singles) and 30-49 in doubles action (Chuda: 15-15 in doubles; Sertic: 6-14 in doubles; Slupska: 9-20 in doubles).

DOUBLES IMPORTANT FOR CATSKansas State has won the doubles point eight times during the 2009 spring season. When winning the doubles point, K-State is 5-3 this season.

KUDLACKOVA AMONG TOP DOUBLES PLAYERSSenior Katerina Kudlackova has been one of the most versatile players in K-State’s lineup during her four seasons in Manhattan. Her versatility has shown in doubles action as she has played at all three positions in the lineup during her career. She has registered a 60-80 doubles record in her career and ranks seventh in school history for career doubles victories.