Jayhawks Host Wildcats for Senior Day in Jayhawk TV Network Match
The Kansas women’s tennis team looks to rebound after dropping two close matches last weekend when they host in-state rival Kansas State for the 53rd installment of the Sunflower Showdown. The Jayhawks dropped a pair of 4-3 matches last weekend on a two-match road trip to Texas where they faced North Texas and then-No. 62 SMU. First serve against K-State is set for 12 p.m., Saturday, at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Kansas’ match against Kansas State will be televised live on the Jayhawk Television Network in the state of Kansas and the Kansas City metro area and nationally on ESPN3. The match marks the second televised match in program history for the Jayhawks.
THE SERIES: KANSAS vs. KANSAS STATE
Kansas leads the all-time series with Kansas State, 40-13, however Kansas State has won the last six meetings between the two programs. The last time the two programs met was April 19, 2014 when the Jayhawks traveled to Manhattan to face the Wildcats on their senior day. During that meeting then-junior, Maria Belen Luduena and then-sophomore Maria Jose Cardona took down KSU’s Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago in an 8-3 decision in the doubles, but Kansas was unable to win the remaining courts, ultimately dropping the doubles point. Cardona defeated Juhasz for the Jayhawks’ only singles victory that day as Kansas was ousted 6-1.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Kansas State will enter Saturday’s match with an 8-11 overall mark. The Wildcats opened dual-match play on Jan. 17 picking up a win over Northern Iowa. KSU then traveled to Los Angeles where they split a pair of matches with a win over UC Irvine and a loss to UCLA. Kansas State went on to lose their next five matches before heading back to Manhattan, where they knocked off three-straight non-conference opponents. The Wildcats have won just three of their last nine matches, including a 4-0 win over a West Virginia team that Kansas also blanked 4-0. Kansas State is led by sophomore Palma Juhasz who boasts KSU’s best singles record at 16-10. When paired with freshman, Carolina Costamagna, the two have won 7-of-8 doubles matches this season.
Kansas’ lone senior Maria Belen Luduena will be honored at the match for her accomplishments throughout her four-year career on the Kansas women’s tennis team.
KEEPING UP WITH KANSAS
Live match statistics can be found on KUAthletics.com or by following the @KansasTennis on Twitter.