Undefeated Wildcat tennis volleys to Washington State

Then-sophomore Palma Juhasz concentrates before batting the ball over the net on Feb. 11, 2015 at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. (File Photo by Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

After starting the season with a victory against Missouri State, the K-State tennis team will head to Pullman, Washington, to take on Washington State and North Texas.

The two-day event begins Friday when the Wildcats take on the Cougars. That match will start at 4 pm. K-State then faces the Mean Green on Saturday starting at noon.

K-State players hope to build on the victory they had over Missouri State last Saturday with a strong showing this weekend, but it won’t be easy for the Wildcats.

“The upcoming weekend is a great one for us,” head coach Danielle Steinberg said. “Both Washington State and North Texas are strong teams that are, more or less, our level. It will be a great opportunity for us to test ourselves and see where we stand against high-caliber teams.”

Washington State is heading into this matchup with a record of 4-0, while the Wildcats have only played one match.

This will only be the second time the Wildcats face the Cougars. The last time these two faced off was in 1996. The Wildcats won that match 6-0.

K-State will also be going up against North Texas. The Wildcats faced a few of the players from North Texas during a fall tournament. Like K-State, North Texas is also coming into the weekend with a 1-0 record.

Steinberg said she thinks the doubles pairs are going to play a big part in the outcomes in both of the matches this weekend.

“The doubles point is going to be very important in both matches and, as always, it’s important for us to come out with a lot of energy and stay aggressive throughout the doubles,” Steinberg said to K-State Sports. “I think we did a great job at that against Missouri State and I hope we can keep the same mindset.”

Neither matchup will be easy for the Wildcats, but this nonconference schedule is meant to help prepare them for conference play when doing well as a team really counts.