THIS WEEK: at Hoosier Classic on Oct. 3-5 in Bloomington, Ind.
NEXT WEEK: Idle
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After opening the fall tournament season successfully at the Bulldog Invitational last weekend, the Kansas State women's tennis team hits the road once again to compete in the 2003 Hoosier Classic hosted by Indiana on Oct. 3-5 in Bloomington, Ind.
A LOOK AT THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
Indiana will play host to Eastern Michigan, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU, Missouri and Murray State at the IU Varsity Courts. Last season, five out of the eight teams participating in this weekend's Classic earned NCAA Tournament berths (Iowa, Kansas State, LSU, Missouri and Murray State). In the final national team rankings, LSU and Iowa finished 52nd and 64th respectively, while Murray State advanced to postseason action by way of winning the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
TWO DECADES OF EXCELLENCE
The 2003-04 season marks Kansas State Head Coach Steve Bietau's 20th season at the helm of the Wildcat women's tennis program. He is currently the second-longest tenured coach in K-State history behind legendary track coach Ward Haylett.
QUOTE OF NOTE
'We are looking forward to keeping our consistency going this weekend at Indiana,' junior Maria Rosenberg said. 'We did well as a team this past weekend and the competition at IU will be very similar to Georgia. We just need to keep up our competitive spirit, so in the end, we will come out on top.' Last year, Rosenberg (Manhattan, Kan.) finished 13th regionally in singles, while teammate Jessica Simosa (Valencia, Venezuela) finished 21st regionally.
MORE OF THE NATION'S BEST
The Wildcats will have more chances to duel some of the nation's top players this weekend. The home-hosting Hoosiers have the preseason No. 28-ranked doubles team of Katie Schlukebir and Linda Tran, while Mizzou's lineup carries the No. 24-ranked singles player in Urska Juric and No. 9-ranked doubles team of Juric and Katka Sevcikokva. LSU's Rocio Fantilli is tied for 99th in singles and pairs with teammate Lauren Seaman for 38th in doubles.
2003-04 FALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Singles (Fall Record)
Maria Rosenberg (2-1)
Jessica Simosa (2-1)
Paulina Castillejos (1-2)
Hayley McIver (1-2)
Judith Diaz (1-1)
Aveen Alkhatib (0-2)
A WAVE OF SUCCESS
Kansas State is coming off its third-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002-03 having reached the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in school history (lost 4-0 to USC). It was a memorable season for the Wildcats, winning a school record 15 matches and posting a program best 7-4 Big 12 Conference record. With a 15-8 overall record, K-State went on to finish 32nd nationally and first regionally (central region), the highest final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) team ranking in school history.