Wildcats Head to the Lone Star State to Face Texas Tech, TCU

UPDATE: Due to cold temperatures and rain, the match against Texas Tech has been moved to the Lubbock Country Club and will start at 6 p.m.

K-State women's tennis will travel to Texas to take on a pair of ranked opponents as it visits No. 13 Texas Tech at the Lubbock Country Club on Friday and No. 35 TCU at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth on Sunday.

The Wildcats (8-7, 0-2 Big 12), coming off a non-conference victory over UMKC last Saturday, are 12-15 all-time against the Red Raiders (15-2, 0-1 Big 12) and are seeking their first ever victory over the Horned Frogs (7-2, 1-0 Big 12).

"Texas Tech and TCU are amongst the best in the country so playing them is always a challenge, and even more so in their home facilities," explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "I do believe, however, that this should give us the ability to play without pressure and swing freely. Regardless of who we play, we always need to focus on ourselves and do the things we can control well." 

Texas Tech is led by a trio of athletes with double-digit victories in dual match singles play. Felicity Maltby holds a team best 12-1 record with victories coming in the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions. Following close behind are Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici with 11 and 10 wins, respectively.

Maltby and Federici also boast the best doubles record for Texas Tech. The duo is 7-3 in dual match doubles on the season in the No. 3 position. The Red Raiders have the No. 41 ranked doubles pair with Lynn Kiro and Alex Valenstein, but the two are just 0-2 playing alongside one another this season.

Leading the way for TCU is doubles pair No. 27 Caroline Wegner and Seda Arantekin who are 3-3 in dual match play and 14-5 overall on the season.

In singles play, Arantekin has a team-best 7-1 record with wins in the No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 positions.

The Wildcats saw a shift in the lineup for the second straight match in their 7-0 victory over UMKC in their last outing. The two freshmen, Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton, topped the lineup in the No. 1 and 2 positions. Garcia Navas improved to 3-1 in the top spot while Stretton competed and won in her first appearance in the No. 2 spot. Junior Palma Juhasz made her return to dual singles play, picking up a straight-set win in the No. 6 position.

"We are coming off of a good win and I think this weekend is another great opportunity for us to compete against the best, and push ourselves to that next level," said Steinberg.

Following the weekend's matches in Texas, the Wildcats will take on Iowa State (13-4, 1-1 Big 12) in Ames, Iowa on April 8.