MANHATTAN - Kansas State will look to end a three-match losing skid and halt a 12-match road losing streak this Tuesday at Texas-Arlington.
The Wildcats dropped their third straight Big 12 match, losing 6-1 to 17th-ranked Baylor. Freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia won her 23rd singles match of the season and surpassed Petra Sedlmajerova’s freshman record for singles wins in a season.
Texas-Arlington: At a Glance
Texas-Arlington enters Tuesday’s match 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the Southland Conference under seventh-year head coach Christian Wassmer. Wassmer has been named Southland Conference Coach of the Year three times (2001, 2002 and 2004) and has accumulated a 58-2 mark in Southland Conference play since 1999.
K-State enters the match holding a 2-1 mark against the Lady Mavericks, with a 1-1 record in Arlington.
K-State Freshmen Class Among Best in Big 12
The Wildcats’ freshmen class of Fernanda Da Valle, Olga Klimova, Tamar Kvaratskhelia and Tereza Prochazkova is among the winningest singles match freshmen classes in the Big 12. The quartet has a singles winning percentage of .656, which ranks them fourth behind Oklahoma (.703), Baylor (.700) and Nebraska (.696). Kvaratskhelia has the most singles wins by a freshman in the Big 12, with a record of 23-4.
Kvaratskhelia Reaches Career List; on Cusp of a Second
Freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia surpassed Petra Sedlmajerova’s freshman win record with her 23rd win, defeating 69th-ranked Carolin Walter of Baylor, 1-6, 7-5, 1-0. The Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia product is tied 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.