K-State Wins Sunflower Showdown, 4-3
LAWRENCE - The 65th-ranked Kansas State women’s tennis team traveled to Kansas Wednesday and came away with a hard fought 4-3 win. It is the fifth straight year in which the road team has won the Sunflower Showdown.
In doubles play, the Wildcats (8-7 overall, 3-4 Big 12) captured the point from Kansas (4-14 overall, 3-5 Big 12), 3-0. The pair of senior Maria Rosenberg and freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia (kah-vah-RATS-heel-yah) defeated Christine Skoda and Lauren Hommell, 8-0. The tandem of freshmen Tereza Prochazkova (ter-AY-za pro-CHAZ-kova) and Fernanda Da Valle continued to play well, dropping Ashley Filberth and Stephanie Smith, 8-3. The duo has now won four of their last five matches and two straight in the Big 12.
In singles play, Rosenberg and Kvaratskhelia each tied singles records by winning in the number one and two positions, respectively. The wins gave the Wildcats a 3-1 adavantage over the Jayhawks. Rosenberg set down Elizaveta Avdeeva in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. The Manhattan, Kan., native tied the career singles wins record at K-State with her 77th career victory. Rosenberg is now tied with Petra Sedlmajerova, who won 77 in 1999-2003.
Kvaratskhelia tied the singles wins in a season record with her 28th win, beating Skoda in straight sets, 6-0, 7-6. The Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia product, who is the career singles winning percentage leader at .875 (28-4), tied the single season record held by former K-State ITA All-American Karina Kuregian. Kuregian registered a mark of 28-7 in the 1994-95 season. Kvaratskhelia also holds the records of wins by a freshman and longest singles winning streak by a freshman (11).
K-State sealed the match at the singles three position, when junior Jessica Simosa defeated Brittany Brown, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1. The Valencia, Venezuela native improved her mark to 4-3 in the Big 12 and 18-14 overall.
Kansas State will look for its third straight win as the Wildcats host 62nd-ranked Colorado at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 17.