WICHITA, Kan.- The No. 62 Wichita State women's tennis team will start their team season on Wednesday, January 16 when they travel to Tulsa, Okla. for a match against Oral Roberts.
The Golden Eagles are coming into their first season as members of the Southland Conference, after previously competing in the Summit League. During 2011-12, Oral Roberts went 13-6 during the spring season, including a perfect 8-0 in their final season in the conference. They defeated IPFW in the finals of the conference tournament, 4-3, to earn a birth into the NCAA Tournament, where Baylor defeated them in the first round, 4-0.
Tori Dollar and Marizanne Bouwer, who went a combined 19-9 in singles competition during the 2011-12 season, return for the Golden Eagles. They will be looking to replace the production of Summit League Player of the Year, Iryna Khatsko, who graduated after last season.
The Shockers are coming off their fourth consecutive Missouri Valley Conference championship and third under MVC Coach of the Year, Colin Foster. Going 21-6, including 7-0 in conference play in 2011-12, the Shocker women also competed in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. They were defeated by Big 12 foe Texas, 4-0, in the first round.
Veronika Blaskova, Montse Blasco Fernandez, Lucia Kovalova, Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul and Carla Venticinque all return for the Shockers. The five players come with experience, earning a combined 103 singles victories in 2011-12. Blaskova and Kovalova, who went 9-2 in doubles competition during the fall, come in at No. 9 in the ITA Central Region rankings.
Joining them will be freshmen Rebecca Pedrazzi, Julia Schiller, Summer Schlotterback and Masa Smic. Pedrazzi was impressive during the fall season, going 7-3 in singles competition and capturing the MVC Individual Championship at the No. 4 position. She is also ranked No. 20 in the ITA Central Region singles rankings.
The match will begin at 9:30 a.m. and results will be posted on GoShockers.com after the completion of play.