This Week for Kansas State
Kansas State (7-7 overall, 2-4 Big 12) at Kansas (4-12 overall, 3-4 Big 12)
Lawrence, Kan. - Robinson Courts
Wednesday, April 13 - 2 p.m.
Kansas State (7-7 overall, 2-4 Big 12) vs. #56 Colorado (7-10 overall, 2-5 Big 12)
Manhattan, Kan. - Washburn Tennis Facility (admission is free)
Sunday, April 17 - 11 a.m.
MANHATTAN - The Wildcats visit in-state rival Kansas and return home for the first time in over a month to face 56th-ranked Colorado. K-State (7-7 overall, 2-4 Big 12) will play the Jayhawks at Robinson Courts in Lawrence Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m. Kansas State will host the Buffaloes at Washburn Tennis Facility, Sunday, April 17 at 11 a.m. Admission is free for Sunday’s match. If inclement weather, matches will be played in Ahearn Field House.
Against Kansas (4-12 overall, 3-4 Big 12) the Wildcats hold a 5-47 all-time record in the 52 previous meetings. K-State has a 2-16 mark in Lawrence. The last time these teams met was March 17, 2004 with Jayhawks winning 5-2. K-State won the previous meeting in Lawrence during the 2003 season, 5-2. Since the 2001 season, the road team has won each of the four matches between the schools. K-State has won three of the last five meetings between the rivals.
Against Colorado (7-10 overall, 2-5 Big 12) K-State is 9-17 all-time in the 26 meetings, including a 2-8 mark in Manhattan. In the last meeting between the teams, K-State fell to the Buffaloes 5-2 in Boulder on February 29, 2004. The Wildcats last defeated Colorado at home in 2003, 5-2, and have won four of the last five matches in the series.
K-State split the weekend road trip to Columbia and Ames. The Wildcats fell to 47th-ranked Missouri 5-2 on Friday and defeated Iowa State, 7-0.
Rosenberg Ties Career High for Wins; Earns 76th Career Singles Win
Maria Rosenberg is now just two wins short of the K-State career singles win record, currently held by Petra Sedlmajerova from 1999-2003 with 77 career singles wins. The Manhattan, Kan., native defeated Jill Palen of Iowa State, 6-2, 6-1. The vistory was the 20th of the season for Rosenberg, which ties her career-high, last last season with a mark of 20-16.
Rosenberg is also just two doubles wins away from second on the school’s career doubles wins record.
Freshman Second in Season Wins; Leads Winning Percentage
Freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia is third on K-State’s singles wins in a season list with a record of 25-4. The record is held by Karina Kuregian with a mark of 28-7 during the 1994-95 season.
The Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia native now has a career singles win percentage of .871, which is tops in K-State history. The percentage is also the highest for a season, surpassing Kuregian’s mark in 1994-95 of .800.
Four Straight by Prochazkova
Over the weekend, Tereza Prochazkova tied her career-high win streak of four by beating Lubica Nadasska of Missouri, 6-1, 6-3 and Chrissy Derouin of Iowa State, 6-2, 6-4.
Prochazkova has been one of K-State’s top players over the last 10 matches, tallying a record of 8-2. The freshman from Brno, Czech Republic, opened the season 1-3 after sitting out the fall rehabilitating a knee injury.
Their Like Magellan, Their so Gellin’
The doubles’ tandem of freshmen Tereza Prochazkova and Fernanda Da Valle has won three of their last four doubles matches to improve their mark together to 5-7. This is impressive since both did not play together until Feb. 6 and neither played for the Wildcats in the fall; Prochazkova because of a knee injury and Da Valle was a second semester addition.
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 .703, which ranks them fourth behind Baylor (.750), Oklahoma (.707) and Nebraska (.704). Overall, the freshmen have a record of 52-22, led by Kvaratskhelia who has the most singles wins by a freshman in the Big 12 with a record of 27-4.
Difficult Finish Lies Ahead
When the final point is recorded in Lawrence on Wednesday, it will end an eight-match road trip, in which the Wildcats are currently 3-4. The road stretch, however, was not the most difficult portion of the schedule. K-State returns to Manhattan to face four ITA-ranked opponents to end the regular season: 56th-ranked Colorado, 30th-ranked Nebraska, 37th-ranked Texas A&M and 10th-ranked Texas. Against these opponents, the Wildcats are 18-55. On the season, K-State is 0-6 against ranked opponents.
Final Number: 70
With the 7-0 win over Iowa State on Saturday, head coach Steve Bietau earned his 70th career conference victory. The total includes wins from the Big Eight and Big 12 conferences.