K-State Ready to Compete in Drake Jamboree

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State women’s tennis will send Millie Stretton, Maria Panaite and Livia Cirnu to play in the Drake Jamboree this weekend, October 23-25, at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Play begins at 10 a.m. on Friday and each Wildcat will compete in four singles matches over the three days. The complete draws for the weekend will be released before the start of play on Friday.

“This is the final tournament of the fall for these three, so on paper we would like to see them peaking in a way, or at least be able to execute specific things we’ve been working on these past few months,” explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. “So far we have seen improvements with every tournament we play, and I am fairly certain this trend will continue this weekend as well.”

The three competing Wildcats are each coming into the tournament on a win, with Panaite and Stretton having won their last two singles matches. The pair of wins to end the SMU Fall Tournament improved Painate’s and Stretton’s singles records to 4-3 and 5-3, respectively, this fall.

Cirnu, meanwhile, overcame a 1-3 record at the OU Invite to win two out of three matches in her last outing at SMU.

Cirnu and Stretton will be the lone Wildcats competing in doubles this weekend. This is the first time the two have been partners and the 10th doubles combination Steinberg has used this fall.

“As in any match play or tournament we play, one of our main goals is to get better with competing and knowing how to play a match mentally, as well as simply gaining confidence going into the spring,” said Steinberg. “Finishing the fall on a high note can give a player a lot of momentum going into January and team matches, and I hope we can achieve exactly that for Millie, Livia, and Maria this weekend.“

This is the second straight year that K-State has participated in the Drake Jamboree. Panaite and Cirnu each played last year, with Cirnu leading the way by picking up a pair of wins in singles.

The three-day tournament is set for one round of singles on Friday, two rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday. In addition to K-State, Illinois State, Iowa and Iowa State will compete alongside host Drake.