THIS WEEK: at Colorado on Feb. 29 in Boulder, Colo. at 6 p.m.
UP NEXT: at Texas Tech on March 6 in Lubbock, Texas at Noon
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Kansas State women’s tennis team (3-2, 0-0), ranked No. 59 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released on Feb. 24, travels west for its Big 12 Conference opener at No. 49 Colorado (4-3, 2-1) on Sunday, Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. (MST). All matches to be played at the Ranch Country Club in Boulder, Colo.
COLORADO AT A GLANCE
The Buffaloes recently upset No. 40 Missouri, pulling out a 4-3 victory over the Tigers in Boulder. Winning all three doubles matches provided the extra point needed to win, as Morgan Sall and Jessica Vanderdys remained undefeated this spring in doubles, improving their record to 4-0. Jenny Hanson and Martina Sedivec also retained an unbeaten record in doubles, improving to 3-0 on the spring season. In singles play, Vanderdys leads the team with a 12-7 overall record. The Buffs also boast the play of freshman Lynzee Kever, who was recently named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, beating 2003 Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year Petra Dizdar of No. 13 Texas, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, on Feb. 15. Kever also defeated All-Big 12 senior Irina Tereschenko of Texas Tech, 7-6, 1-6, 6-4.
WILDCAT RANKED AMONG THE NATION’S TOP 100
In the latest singles rankings released by the ITA on Feb. 24, junior Maria Rosenberg (Manhattan HS) is currently the No. 83rd-ranked player in the country, which marks her first career national ranking ever at K-State. She is tied with sophomore Jessica Simosa and senior Paulina Castellejos with a team-leading singles record of 4-1 at No. 1 singles.
In their last match, the Wildcats were able to secure a 4-3 victory over SMS on Feb. 21. Similar to Colorado’s victory over Mizzou, the doubles point was the deciding factor in the close match, as the Wildcats won all three matches. Rosenberg and Castellijos teamed up at the No. 1 position to defeat Marta Rubina and Elizabeth Garza, 8-2. The duo leads the team with a doubles record of 4-1. In singles competition, the Wildcats broke even with the Lady Bears, winning the first three matches, while SMS swept the last three.
Although K-State beat Colorado, 5-2, last year in Manhattan, the Buffaloes lead 16-8 in the all-time series. The Wildcats are 5-4 when playing CU on the road in Boulder.
K-State will continue its stretch of road games next week, by taking on Texas Tech on Saturday, March 6 at noon in Lubbock, Texas. The Wildcats hold a .600 winning percentage against the Red Raiders, who are currently 3-2 overall, 0-1 in Big 12 play.
2003-04 SPRING RESULTS
Singles No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 No. 6 Overall
Maria Rosenberg 4-1 14-7
Jessica Simosa 4-1 11-5
Paulina Castillejos 4-1 12-8
Hayley McIver 2-3 7-13
Judith Diaz 1-3 1-0 4-14
Aveen Alkhatib 0-1 1-3 2-11
Doubles No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 Overall
Rosenberg/Castillejos 4-1 4-1
Diaz/Simosa 3-2 3-2
McIver/Alkhatib 1-4 1-4