K-State Falls Short to No. 29 Oklahoma

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Kansas State women's tennis opened its two-match trip through the state of Oklahoma on Friday night, looking to upset the No. 29 Sooners at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The Wildcats came up just shy, as Oklahoma held off K-State, 4-2. The Wildcats have now dropped three straight Big 12 matches.  

The Basics
· Score: (29) Oklahoma 4, Kansas State 2
· Records: Kansas State (8-13, 1-5 Big 12), (29) Oklahoma (12-7, 2-5 Big 12)

· Oklahoma secured the opening point by winning doubles with a 2-0 decision with victories at number one and three doubles.
· The Sooners secured the doubles point with a 6-3 win at number one doubles and a 6-0 victory at number three.
· K-State's number two pairing of sophomores Iva Bago and Livia Cirnu were in the lead, 5-2, when the match was halted.

· Oklahoma clinched the match with singles wins at numbers one, five and six singles. K-State made things interesting with wins at numbers two and four singles.
· Sophomore Palma Juhasz notched her second Big 12 win of the season with a 6-3, 7-5, decision over Simran Sethi. Juhasz owns a career best record and team-leading overall mark of 17-11 this season. She is 10-7 this spring including a 2-2 record in Big 12 action. Juhasz is 7-3 in the number two position in the lineup this season.
· Sophomore Livia Cirnu picked up her 15th win of the season and her first league victory with a come from behind 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Zita Engbroks at number four singles. Cirnu is 15-11 this season and needs one win to tie her career-high win total of 16 from last season.

· Kansas State is 130-245 in Big 12 matches.
· This was the 40th meeting in the series between the schools. Oklahoma leads the series, 26-13, including a 14-4 mark in matches played in Norman.
· The Wildcats are 1-9 in true road matches this season.
· As a team, K-State is now 95-90 in singles action and 37-47 in doubles.

Kansas State head coach Danielle Steinberg
· "I am never happy with a loss but we saw a lot of positive things today and a lot of improvements and I am very happy about that. Some of the girls struggled in the past two weeks with their game and they fought their way back into it today, and I am very proud of them for that. I think that if we keep making these small improvements, and stay consistent with our attitude and effort, things will come together sooner rather than later. We have a tough challenge on Sunday with a top 10 Oklahoma State team, but after today I am excited to see the girls coming out strong and keep getting better."

Coming up Next
· K-State will continue its weekend in the state of Oklahoma on Sunday, as the Wildcats travel north to face No. 9 Oklahoma State in Stillwater at 1 p.m.