Cirnu Strong for K-State at OU Invite

Final Stats

NORMAN, Okla. –
K-State women’s tennis started the Danielle Steinberg era and the 40th season of action on Friday at the OU Invite at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

• K-State tallied seven singles wins on the day, led by sophomore Livia Cirnu.
• Cirnu advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Switzer Draw with a pair of wins. Cirnu defeated Nicole Breaux of Arkansas in the round of 32, 6-1, 6-4.
• In the round of 16, Cirnu secured a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Lucile Pothier of Abilene Christian.
• Despite dropping seven opening round matches, K-State recovered to win five consolation round of 16 efforts.
• Sophomore Sara Castellano captured her first career K-State win with a 7-5, 6-1 decision over Maria Belen Luduena of Kansas in the consolation round of the Boomer Draw.
• Sophomore Maria Panaite secured her 10th career win and first of this season with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Julia O’Loughlin of Denver in the consolation round of the Stoops Draw.
• Freshman Laura Hopton also registered her first career win in purple and white with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Peyton Jennings of Arkansas in the consolation round of the Switzer Draw.
• Sophomore Iva Bago notched a 7-5, 7-6 win over Ansley Boarman of Abilene Christian in the consolation round of the Switzer Draw.

• Dating back to the final three matches of last season, Cirnu has won five straight singles matches, which ties her career-best win streak of five straight matches and is the only active winning streak for the Wildcats. Her previous five match win streak was from Jan. 25 to Feb. 22.
• Cirnu improved her career record to 18-17, including a 14-14 mark in two-set matches with the two wins on Friday.
• Panaite has now won three of her last four efforts.

K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “I think overall we did well. Our main team goal for today was positive attitude, compete hard and have energy and the girls did very well on all those. We are not concerned about results at this early point of the year, but more focused on the process and improving specific aspects of each player’s game. Overall I think the girls did well.”
• “Livia is a great competitor, which is probably the strongest aspect of her game. She really lifted her game level today which was great to see.”

Coming up Next
• K-State will continue action at the OU Fall Invite on Saturday. Matches may be adjusted due to anticipated weather conditions in the Norman area.