K-State Heads to Razorback Classic

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State women’s tennis begins its fall schedule this weekend with action in the Razorback Classic at the Billingsley Tennis Center.

 

This will be the first of five fall events for the Wildcats. This weekend’s Razorback Classic in Fayetteville will feature five teams including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.

 

Kansas State welcomes back four players who helped the team to a quarterfinal appearance in the Big 12 Championship for the second consecutive year. The returnees are senior Katerina Kudlackova, junior Natasha Vieira and sophomores Antea Huljev and Vanessa Cottin.

 

“I'm pleased with the way most of our returning people have performed. Antea in particular has looked very good in the short time we have been practicing. She clearly did a great job over the summer,” said head coach Steve Bietau about the team’s early workouts. “The point I try to convey to our athletes is that this is a marathon and not a sprint. It requires a sustained effort at a high level to improve and we have a good start in that direction.”

 

Huljev finished her debut season with a 15-17 overall record, which includes a 4-7 mark in Big 12 play.

 

The Wildcats will also have three freshmen who will take to the court for their first action in a K-State uniform. Petra Chuda, Masha Slupska and Andrea Straznicka are the new faces who will receive their first taste of collegiate tennis.

 

“The good thing about the Arkansas tournament is that by Sunday, we will know exactly where we stand. There will be a chance for everyone to show what they can do in a live situation. I'm excited to see both our returners and newcomers.”

 

Following this weekend at Arkansas, K-State will remain in the Sunflower State as the Wildcats visit Lawrence for the KU Invitational on Sept. 26-28. The month of October includes a trip to the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind., on Oct. 3-5 and a split weekend on Oct. 13-15 at the ITA Regionals in Salt Lake City or a stop at the New Mexico Invite in Albuquerque.