K-State tennis heads south for final regular season matches


The Kansas State tennis team is headed to Texas for two Big 12 matches this weekend against Baylor and Texas in an effort to snap its current four-match losing streak.

After coming off a tough 4-2 loss against Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown, K-State is looking for any spark they can find to get back on the winning track.

The Wildcats will be the underdog in each of these matchups in their last matches of the season; both teams are in the top 25. The Bears are currently sitting at the No. 18 spot, while the Longhorns sit at No. 25.

Baylor has handled everyone in its way and are perfect at home this season at 12-0. The Bears have been on an absolute tear in the back end of the season, victorious on eight of their last nine matches, as well as knocking off four ranked opponents, including beating the Longhorns 4-2, whom the Wildcats will see this weekend as well.

Baylor rallies behind Blair Shankle, who holds down the No. 1 spot for the Bears. This week, Shankle claimed the Big 12 player of the week title, her third this season. She is also looking to claim her fifth consecutive victory.

On Sunday, after the Baylor match, K-State will head out to take on Texas.

The Longhorns are ranked at No. 25 with a 10-7 record on the year. Texas lost 4-2 in their last match against No. 15 Baylor.

Texas does not have a stand-out star on its team. With a 10-4 record, Neda Koprcina holds down the No. 2 spot for Texas.

Prior to its match against Baylor, Texas handled a majority of the Big 12. They handed Texas Christian, West Virginia and Iowa State losses. They are 4-3 in the Big 12 and have an opportunity to improve that record against Kansas and K-State.

The Wildcats will travel to the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas, to take on Baylor today, with action starting at 5 p.m. They follow that by taking on Texas Sunday at 11 a.m.

These are the last regular season matches for the Wildcats, who will look to gain some momentum as they head into the Big 12 Championship in Norman, Oklahoma. The championship will take place April 27-30.