This Week for Kansas State
#35 Nebraska vs. #75 Kansas State
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Washburn Tennis Facility - Manhattan, Kan.
#31 Texas A&M vs. #75 Kansas State
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Washburn Tennis Facility - Manhattan, Kan.
#10 Texas vs. #75 Kansas State
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Washburn Tennis Facility, Manhattan, Kan.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State closes out the regular season with three straight home matches against ranked foes, 35th-ranked Nebraska on Wednesday, April 20 at 2 p.m.; 31st-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday, April 23 at 12 p.m.; and 10th-ranked Texas on Sunday, April 24 at 10 a.m. K-State (8-8 overall, 3-5 Big 12) is 0-7 against ranked opponents this season, but is 4-2 in Manhattan. Admission is free to all three matches. If there should be inclement weather, matches will be moved to Ahearn Field House.
Against Nebraska (16-2 overall, 7-2 Big 12) the Wildcats hold a 9-22 all-time record in the 31 previous meetings. K-State has a 5-7 mark in Mahattan against the Cornhuskers. The last time these teams met was April 10, 2004 with Nebraska winning 7-0 in Lincoln. The last time the Wildcats came out victorious in the series was April 15, 2003 in Manhattan with a 7-0 shut out of the Cornhuskers.
Against Texas A&M (12-10 overall, 6-2 Big 12) K-State is 0-7 all-time in the seven previous meetings, including a 0-3 mark in Manhattan. In the last meeting between the teams, K-State fell to the Aggies 7-0 in College Station on April 17, 2004.
Against Texas (14-5 overall, 7-1 Big 12) K-State is 0-9 in the series, including an 0-3 mark in Manhattan. In the last meeting between the teams, K-State fell to the Longhorns 7-0 in Austin on April 18, 2004.
K-State split last week, winning at in-state and Big 12 rival Kansas, 4-3. The Wildcats returned home for the first time in eight matches and fell to Colorado, 4-3.
Senior Named Big 12 Athlete of the Week
Kansas State senior Maria Rosenberg was named Big 12 women’s tennis Athlete of the Week for April 11-17. It is the first Big 12 honor for the Rosenberg.
The Manhattan, Kan., native earned the citation on the wings of becoming K-State’s all-time leader in singles wins with a mark of 78-51. Last week, Rosenberg posted two singles wins, dropping Elizaveta Avdeeva of Kansas in straight sets (7-5, 6-2). and followed with a come-from-behind win over Lynzee Kever of Colorado (5-7, 6-3, 6-2) to establish the new record.
Rosenberg New Career Leader in Singles Wins
Maria Rosenberg became K-State’s career singles win leader after defeating Lynzee Kever of Colorado, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. The win also improved her season record to 22-13, which is a new career-high for wins in a season and ties her for ninth all-time.
Rosenberg is also just seven doubles wins away from first on the school’s career doubles wins record. The current mark is held by Petra Sedlmajerova (1999-2003) at 73-55.
Freshman First in Season Wins; Leads Winning Percentage
Tamar Kvaratskhelia became K-State’s new singles wins in a season leader with a record of 29-4. The record was held by former All-American 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 .879, 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.
After starting the season 1-2, junior Jessica Simosa is 10-3 since Feb. 12 for an 11-5 record this spring, including a mark of 5-3 in Big 12 play. The Valencia, Venezuela product has an overall mark of 19-14 this season and is currently riding a three-match winning streak.
Simosa has a career mark of 55-40, including a 38-23 record in dual match play. She is just seven wins shy of tying for sixth on the career singles wins list.
Prochazkova on Brink of Perfect 10
Tereza Prochazkova (pro-KOS-kova) is just one victory shy of winning 10 matches on the season, 9-7. The Brno, Czech Republic product started the season on the injured list, rehabbing from ACL surgery, but strung together two separate streaks of four straight wins.
If Prochazkova captures the elusive win, she would be the fourth Wildcat to reach double figures this season, joining teammates Kvaratskhelia, Rosenberg and Simosa.
Diaz has Double Vision This Spring
Judith Diaz has prevailed in doubles play for the Wildcats this spring, notching a mark of 11-5. Overall this season, the Margarita Island, Venezuela product has registered a 15-8 doubles record to push her career mark to 25-31.
Da Valle Making Da’ Adjustment
Newcomer Fernanda Da Valle (duh-VYE-aa) has made the difficult transition from semester transfer to lineup contributor this season. The Mendoza, Argentina native is 7-9 this season and has a 2-6 mark in the Big 12. Da Valle is 1-1 in the number five position.
It’s a Dirty Dozen for Kvaratskhelia
Tamar Kvaratskhelia surpassed her own freshman record for a winning streak, earning her 12th straight victory last Sunday. Kvaratskhelia had a string of 11 straight during the fall campaign in which she was 15-2.
Kvaratskhelia Ranked in Latest ITA List
Freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia (kah-vah-RATS-heel-yah) earned her first career national ITA ranking last Tuesday. The product of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia debuted at 89th out of 125 ranked players. She is one of just nine Big 12 Conference players to be ranked.
The ITA rankings are based on computer rankings using a combination of a player’s individual schedule, matches won against ranked oppoenents and overall win-loss record. Kvaratskhelia’s score in the ranking was 6.98, boosted by defeating 69th-ranked Carolin Walter of Baylor and an overall record of 29-4.
One Away from 100
Kansas State is just one singles victory away (99-73, .576) from winning 100 this season. The Wildcats last won 100 or more singles matches as a team in the 2003 season, notching a mark of 101-77 (56.7).
Doubles Point Taken
The Wildcats are 7-2 (.778) this season when winning the doubles point. When losing the point, K-State is 1-6 (.143).
Final Number: 6
Records broken by freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia. The newcomer holds the following marks: singles wins in a season, singles wins by a freshman, combined wins by a freshman, career and season singles winning percentage and winning streak by a freshman.