Wildcats Ready for Final Big 12 Road Matches

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- K-State women's tennis will compete in its last Big 12 road matches of the regular season this weekend as it faces Iowa State on Friday at Forker Tennis Courts in Ames, Iowa at 2 p.m. and West Virginia on Sunday at Ridgeview Racquet Club in Morgantown, West Virginia at 9 a.m. (CT).

The Wildcats (8-9, 0-4 Big 12) hold a 31-12 record all-time against Iowa State (13-4, 1-1 Big 12), including a 13-5 mark in Ames. Meanwhile, K-State is unbeaten in its six all-time matches against West Virginia (6-8, 0-3 Big 12), winning in its only previous trip to Morgantown in 2013.

"Even though we are in April, we are still focusing on the process, and getting better each day out there," explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "There were a lot of positives in our TCU match, and I am hoping we can carry that momentum into this weekend." 

In the match against the Horned Frogs, K-State took the doubles point with the help of Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton defeating No. 27 Sada Arantekin and Caroline Wegner 7-6 (6) in the No. 1 position. It was the highest ranked victory for a K-State duo in dual play since May 2013. 

While K-State's two freshmen picked up the biggest win against TCU, a pair of freshmen, Annabella Bonadonna and Liza Buss, and senior Alejandra Galvis lead the way for the Cyclones with 12 dual singles wins apiece. Buss has seen 11 of her 12 wins come in the No. 2 position while Galvis has earned her wins in the No. 3, 4 and 5 positions. Bonadonna has won nine of 12 in the No. 6 position.

In doubles, Iowa State has two sets of duos with a 12-3 record. Samantha Budai and Buss have earned their record in the No. 1 position while Galvis and Bonadonna have paired up in the No. 2 position.

West Virginia is led in singles by Habiba Shaker. The sophomore is 11-1 in dual matches this season with a 10-0 mark in the No. 2 position.

Shaker is paired up with Hailey Barrett in doubles and the duo has compiled a 7-3 record in dual matches, all in the No. 1 position. 

"This is a tough trip for us in terms of a long travel, but I feel like we are recovering well and know how to adjust to new facilities rather quickly," said Steinberg. "The doubles point is going to be big in both matches. We worked on doubles a lot lately and are coming off a great doubles point this past weekend, which again, should give us momentum going into Friday's match."

Following the weekend's matches, the Wildcats return home for the first of four straight home matches to close out the regular season as they host No. 34 KU (12-5, 2-2 Big 12) on April 16 at 2 p.m. at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.