MANHATTAN - Kansas State had a full two weeks to make preparations for its two-match homestand against Utah (Feb. 25) and Southwest Missouri State (Feb. 26). The Wildcats will be looking to get off a three-match slide, which has seen head coach Steve Bietau’s team drop two heart-breaking matches to 25th-ranked BYU at home and 53rd-ranked Arkansas in Fayetteville by scores of 4-3.
K-State is 6-6 against the Utes, with a 3-1 mark in Manhattan. The last time these school’s met was in 2004, as the Wildcats defeated Utah 5-2, Feb. 7 in Manhattan. This season K-State is 0-1 against the Mountain West Conference (MWC), falling to BYU. In the program’s history against current MWC members, the Wildcats are 12-28.
The Wildcats are 11-3 against the Bears, with a perfect record of 6-0 in Manhattan. The last time these school’s met was in 2004 in Manhattan, as K-State defeated SMS 4-3, Feb. 21. This season the Wildcats are 1-0 against the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), beating Drake 7-0, Jan. 22. K-State is 40-23 against current MVC members, with one more meeting against an MVC-foe this season, at Wichita State April 2.
Perfect Pair from Venezuela Rolls On
The tandem of senior Judith Diaz of Margarita Island, Venezuela and junior Jessica Simosa of Valencia, Venezuela are one of two doubles pairs to have a perfect record for the Wildcats. Diaz/Simosa currently have a 5-0 mark, winning three matches together to collect the Ole Miss Fall Classic doubles title and defeating Ilona Somers and Mimi Renaudin of Ole Miss, Feb. 6 and Vlatka Jovanovic and Melissa Cornett of Arkansas, 8-6. In their two seasons as teammates, the duo has notched a 14-11 record in doubles play.
Diaz has proved to be one of the most versatile doubles players this season, notching an 8-3 record and 4-0 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.
Rosenberg Earns 71st Career Win; Sole Possessor of 5th in Doubles Wins
Maria Rosenberg took one more step closer to the school’s career singles win record with a 6-0, 6-4 win over 118th-ranked Maryori Franco of Arkansas. The Manhattan, Kan., product is now just six wins short of the record, currently held by Petra Sedlmajerova from 1999-2003 with 77 career singles wins.
Rosenberg overtook Kathy Chuda for fifth on K-State’s all-time doubles win list with 58, using a 9-8 win over Arkansas’ Franco/Karina Ledaja.