MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State tennis will play its second fall tournament this weekend, as the squad travels to the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. Teams competing this weekend are Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Vanderbilt and Western Michigan.
The Wildcats’ singles and doubles lineup will be the same as the opening fall tournament two weeks ago in Tulsa, Okla., as the squad will travel senior Viviana Yrureta (2-1 singles record), junior Katerina Kudlackova (0-3), sophomore Natasha Vieira (1-2) and freshmen Pauline Guemas (1-2) and Antea Huljev (1-2). The doubles teams for this weekend will be Huljev/Kudlackova (2-1) and Vieira/Yrureta (1-2).
Leading the early charge in singles play this season was Yrureta. The product of Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, finished the Hurricane Invitational with a 2-1 record, capped by a 6-4, 6-3 win over Yawna Allen of Oklahoma State. The Wildcats’ freshmen also concluded action at the Hurricane Invitational with wins on the final day, as Guemas defeated Corinne Langston of Oral Roberts, 6-1, 6-2 and Huljev dropped Emily Arkell of Oral Roberts, 6-0, 6-0.
This weekend’s tournament will present some talented and experienced competition to challenge the Wildcats. According to the season-opening FILA singles rankings from Sept. 7, eight players among the top 125 in the nation could be playing at the IU Tennis Center. Vanderbilt has three players ranked including two in the top-30, Amanda Taylor (No. 20) and Catherine Newman (No. 27). Georgia checks in with two ranked players and Iowa, Illinois and Kansas each have one.
In the season-opening FILA doubles rankings, six doubles teams are represented from the teams competing this weekend. The highest ranked team that could compete this weekend is the sister tandem of Kelley and Yvette Hyndman of Georgia at No. 19.
Following this weekend’s action, K-State will have a week off before making a return trip to Tulsa, Okla., for the ITA Central Regionals on Oct. 17-21.
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