MANHATTAN- The Wildcats will make their final trip into the Southeastern Conference (SEC) this season, with a Feb. 12 meeting against the 53rd-ranked Arkansas Lady Razorbacks in Fayetteville. Overall, the Wildcats are 1-8 against Arkansas, with an 0-4 mark in Fayetteville. The lone K-State win came in Arkansas’ only trip to Manhattan, Feb. 25, 1989 as the Wildcats won 5-4. The last time these teams met in a dual match was March 4, 1994 in Fayetteville, with the Lady Razorbacks winning 7-2. The Wildcats hold a 2-16 record against the SEC. Match time in Fayetteville is scheduled for 11 a.m.
The Wildcats were on the short end of a 7-0 loss to 56th-ranked Mississippi last weekend in Oxford, Miss. The doubles pairing of senior Judith Diaz and junior Jessica Simosa provided the lone bright spot, as they defeated Ilona Somers and Mimi Renaudin, 9-7 in the number two doubles position.
Arkansas: At a Glance
Head coach Michael Hegarty enters his 2nd season after posting an 8-14 mark in his first season with the Lady Razorbacks. Arkansas is currently 5-0, defeating three teams at home (Oral Roberts, Wichita State and Saint Louis) with 7-0 wins. The Lady Razorbacks are coming off a road trip which saw them win two matches with identical 4-3 scores over Tulsa and Oklahoma State. Arkansas will host Southwest Missouri State on Feb. 11 and then will welcome the Wildcats the following day.
The Lady Razorbacks are led in wins by junior Karina Ledaja with a 17-5, who played in the number three position. The lone ranked player, 118th-ranked Maryori Franco, is 14-2 and has played in the number two position. The top doubles pairing is junior Melissa Cornett and sophomore Vlatka Jovanovic with a 9-3 mark and playing in the number two position.
Perfect Pair from Venezuela
The tandem of senior Judith Diaz of Margarita Island, Venezuela and junior Jessica Simosa of Valencia, Venezuela is one of two doubles pairs to have a perfect record. Diaz/Simosa currently have a 4-0 mark, winning three matches together to collect the Ole Miss Fall Classic doubles title and defeating Ilona Somers and Mimi Renaudin of Ole Miss last weekend.
Diaz has proved to be one of the most versatile doubles players this season, notching a 7-3 record and 3-0 in the spring season. The other doubles pair to have an unbeaten mark is Diaz and freshman Tereza Prochazkova with a record of 2-0.