THIS WEEK: Oklahoma State on March 13 in Manhattan, Kan. at Noon
UP NEXT: Kansas on March 17 in Manhattan, Kan. at 3 p.m.
HOME SWEET HOME
After opening its Big 12 Conference season on the road, the No. 74-ranked Kansas State women’s tennis team (3-4, 0-2) hosts its first conference opponents of the year with No. 69 Oklahoma State in town for dual match play on Saturday, March 13 at noon. The Wildcats will then have four days to prepare for in-state rival Kansas on Wednesday, March 17 at 3 p.m. All matches to be played at the Washburn Tennis Facility. If weather permits outdoor competition, play will be moved to Ahearn Field House.
SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE AND KU
Oklahoma State (3-5, 0-2), defending 2003 Big 12 champions, enters this weekend’s match on the heels of a 1-6 loss to No. 49 Missouri in its Big 12 season opener on March 6 and a close 3-4 loss at Kansas on March 12. The Cowgirls, who previously held a 20-2 record against Mizzou in the series, let the Tigers sweep the doubles contest, and lost all but one of the singles matches. The lone Cowgirl victory in singles was that of freshman Jennifer Poskitt, who defeated MU’s Erika Josbena, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 6 spot. Unranked Kansas (2-7, 1-0) beat OSU in its Big 12 opener on March 12 by sweeping the doubles point and claiming three of the six singles matches of the day. KU will look to extend its win streak with league matchups vs. Texas Tech on March 14 and then at K-State on March 17. The Jayhawks only other dual match victory of the season was a 5-2 win over NAU at the UNLV Spring Invitational on Feb. 28.
OSU leads 27-3 in the all-time series vs. K-State, while KU leads the rivalry series between both schools, 46-5. Last season, the Wildcats picked up only their third all-time match victory over the Cowgirls and fifth all-time win over the Jayhawks. Both teams at the time, were ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) top 75 (OSU ranked 55th and KU ranked 61st) and were beaten by the Wildcats on their home turf. K-State has never defeated OSU at home.
TEXAS TECH RECAP
Last week, K-State lost a close 4-3 match at Texas Tech on March 6. Although Maria Rosenberg and Paulina Castillejos downed Kendall Brooks and Irina Tereschenko, 8-6, at No. 1 doubles, the Lady Raiders eventually claimed the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and 3 positions. The Wildcat duo improved their spring doubles record to a team-leading 6-1. Rosenberg, previously ranked No. 83 in the nation in singles on Feb. 24, defeated Tereschenko in the top spot for K-State, 6-3, 6-2. Castillejos also picked up a victory over Texas Tech’s Tara Browning, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, at No. 3 singles. Hayley McIver edged Lakann Wagley, 7-6, 6-3, at the No. 4 position to capture the Wildcats’ third and final point of the match.
BREAK OUT THE SUNGLASSES
The Wildcats will travel out west to compete against some of the nation’s top teams during the university’s spring break holiday. K-State travels to sunny California to take on No. 23 Oregon and No. 14 Fresno State on March 22-23 in Fresno, Calif. The Wildcats will then road trip south for a non-conference match against UC Santa Barbara on March 25 in Santa Barbara, Calif.