MANHATTAN - Kansas State will look to end a two-match losing skid and halt an 11-match road losing streak this weekend at 17th-ranked Baylor. The Wildcats are 3-8 against the Lady Bears, with an 0-5 mark in Waco.
The Wildcats opened its eight-match road trip with two losses in Oklahoma. K-State fell 4-3 to Oklahoma State and 6-1 to Oklahoma. Freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia won two singles matches and now has 22 career victories.
Baylor: At a Glance
The Lady Bears are currently 10-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 under head coach Joey Scrivano. The third-year coach is 34-26 in his career at Baylor and 94-44 in six seasons, including three straight Sun Belt Conference titles with South Alabama.
Baylor is led by 21st-ranked freshman Zuzana Zemenova. The Kosice, Slovakia product is 9-2 in the number one position and 10-2 in dual matches this spring. Zemenova also has registered an impressive 6-2 mark against ranked foes. The Lady Bears feature three players with winning streaks of eight matches or longer: Klara Zrustova (10), Zuzana Krchnakova (nine) and Zemenova (eight).
In doubles play, Baylor is paced by number one doubles junior Daniela Covello and Zemenova with a perfect 7-0 mark. Also currently unbeaten is freshman Carolin Korsawe and Zrustova with a 3-0 record.
Baylor plays two matches before facing the Wildcats on Sunday, taking on 62nd-ranked Iowa on Wednesday and 5th-ranked Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Kvaratskhelia Reaches Career List; on Cusp of a Second
Freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia equalled Petra Sedlmajerova’s freshman win record with her 22nd win, defeating Irina Lykina of Oklahoma, 7-5, 7-5. The Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia product is just one victory away from tying for fourth on K-State’s singles wins in a season list. The record is held by Karina Kuregian with a mark of 28-7 during the 1994-95 season.
With the two wins over the weekend, Kvaratskhelia is now K-State’s career leader in singles winning percentage, defeating her opponents at an 85 percent clip.
Winning Percentage (Career)
|1. Tamar Kvaratskhelia (present) || |
|2. Karina Kuregian (1993-96) || |
|3. Yana Dorodnova (1995-98) || |
|4. Petra Sedlmajerova (1999-2003) || |
|5. Maria Rosenberg (2000-present) || |
|6. Alena Jecminkova (1999-2002) || |
|7. Kathy Chuda (1999-2002) || |
Singles Record - One Season
|1. Karina Kuregian (1994-95) || |
|2. Karin Lusnic (1991-92) || |
|3. Annika Emtell (1988-89) || |
|4. Eva Novotna (2000-01) || |
| Alena Jecminkova (1999-2000) || |
| Yana Dorodnova (1995-96) || |
| Michele Riniker (1990-91) || |
|8. Petra Sedlmajerova (1999-2000) || |
| Tamar Kvaratskhelia (present) || |
Simosa Wins 50th Career Match
Junior Jessica Simosa won her 50th career singles match on Friday, dropping Jana Kubicikova of Oklahoma State, 6-1, 6-1. The Valencia, Venezuela native is now just 12 wins shy of tying for sixth on the K-State career singles win list with Kathy Chuda and Thresa Burcham.
Final Number: 74
Number of overall singles wins (74-56, .569) by the Wildcats this season. K-State was 77-121 (.389) just a season ago.