Wildcats Set to Face Kangaroos, Reschedule Southern Illinois Match

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- K-State women's tennis will step out of its Big 12 schedule this weekend as it takes on UMKC on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Carriage Club in Kansas City, Missouri (5301 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112).

The Wildcats were originally scheduled to compete against Southern Illinois in the morning as part of a non-conference doubleheader but due to inclement weather in the forecast for Kansas City, the match against the Salukis has been rescheduled to a home match on Friday, April 22. That day will be a doubleheader for K-State as it hosts Oklahoma State in the afternoon at 3 p.m. following the 9:30 a.m. matchup against Southern Illinois.

K-State (7-7, 0-2 Big 12), which is aiming to snap a three-match losing streak, holds a 2-0 advantage over the Kangaroos (6-10, 1-1 WAC) in the all-time series.

UMKC is led by Marina Albert who has an 8-7 record in dual match play. The sophomore has earned her wins in the No. 3 and 4 positions.

Albert is joined by Linda Ammar Mouhoub for doubles play where they have a team best 7-3 record, including a 7-2 mark in the No. 3 position.

A recent shift in the Wildcat lineup has moved everyone up one position. Freshmen Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton slid up to the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, respectively, in the last match against then-No. 35 Texas. It was the third time at the No. 1 spot for Garcia Navas and the first time at No. 3 for Stretton.

"This was the first full week of practice that we have had in a long time, and it came at a good time for us," explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "Not only did we need some time to recover, but we also needed to reset and work on some individual things. We went back to the basics in practice and had a strong week on the court. The match against UMKC is a great opportunity for us to implement everything we worked on both in singles and doubles play."

Following the weekend's match in Kansas City, the Wildcats will return to Big 12 play as they take on No. 13 Texas Tech (13-2, 0-1 Big 12) at McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock on April 1.