March 26, 2003
MANHATTAN, Kan. -
The Kansas State tennis team returns to Big 12 Conference play and finishes its month-long road trip this weekend when it travels to Ames, Iowa, and Columbia, Mo., to play Iowa State on Friday and Missouri on Saturday. K-State takes on the Cyclones at 1 p.m. at the Ames Racquet & Fitness Club and Missouri at 2 p.m. at the Green Tennis Center.
The 54th-ranked Wildcats are 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12. In their last outing, the 'Cats snapped a two-match losing streak with a 4-3 victory over SMU in Dallas March 19. Iowa State enters Friday's match with a 2-10 overall record and 0-6 league mark. Missouri, ranked 34th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, is 10-3 overall, 4-2 in conference play and on a two-match winning streak after beating Syracuse March 22. Kansas State is currently sixth in the Big 12 standings, while Iowa State is 12th and Missouri is fifth.
Kansas State leads both all-time series with Iowa State and Missouri. The Wildcats are up 16-9 in the Iowa State series and have an 11-match winning streak against the Cyclones. The last time the 'Cats lost to Iowa State was April 14, 1991. Last year, K-State shutout the 'Clones, 7-0, in Manhattan.
K-State leads the series with Missouri, 18-4, and the 'Cats have won 19 of the last 20 matches with the Tigers, including a a shutout of Missouri last season in the Little Apple.
For the Wildcats, sophomore Andrea Cooper has strung together four consecutive wins during the Wildcats' seven-match road trip. She is 7-2 in dual matches, 2-1 in the Big 12 and 13-8 overall this season.
Junior Hayley McIver has won five of her last six matches, including her thrilling come-from-behind three-set victory in the SMU match March 19. She is 7-3 this spring, 3-1 in league play and 16-9 overall.
The Kansas State doubles teams look to improve after losing five of the last six double points, including the last three. The No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Andrea Cooper and freshman Jessica Simosa look to snap a five-match losing streak and win their first Big 12 match of the season. K-State's No. 2 doubles duo of senior Petra Sedlmajerova and junior Paulina Castillejos has won four of its last five matches, including its last two.
Iowa State junior Sabrina Evers is 1-5 at No. 1 singles in Big 12 play and teams with freshman Suzanne Rutten for a 1-5 mark at No. 1 doubles.
Junior Urska Juric, who is ranked 32nd in the ITA rankings, leads Missouri with a 4-2 record in league play at No. 1 singles. The Tigers' No. 1 doubles team of Juric and sophomore Katka Sevcikova are 5-1 in the Big 12 and ranked 16th in the ITA rankings.