Wildcats Strong in Day 2 of OU Invite

OU Fall Invite - Day 2 Results (PDF)

NORMAN, Okla. – Kansas State continued action at the OU Fall Invite on Saturday at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The Wildcats secured three doubles wins and five singles wins.

• Sophomore Sara Castellano won her second straight match in the Boomer Draw with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Anastasiya Shestakova of North Texas.
• Sophomore Palma Juhasz shook off a pair of losses from Friday to defeat Madison Harrison of Kansas, 7-5, 6-4 in the consolation round of the Sooner Draw.
• Sophomore Maria Panaite secured her second straight win with a 6-2, 6-2 downing of Rachel McNeely of Kansas.
• Freshman Laura Hopton captured her second straight win with a hard fought three-set win over Carli Knezevich of Abilene Christian, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
• Sophomore Iva Bago also secured her second straight win with a 6-4, 6-0 decision over Evy Van Genechten of Denver.

• The doubles pair of Castellano and Juhasz tallied two wins together. The duo defeated Emma Devine and Marlene Stripp of Oklahoma, 8-5, in their first effort as a doubles tandem and an 8-6 decision over Sarah Dvorak and Hortense Boscher of Texas Tech.
• The final doubles win for K-State came from the pair of Amina St. Hill and Maria Panaite. St. Hill and Panaite recovered from a first round loss to defeat Caroline Henderson and Jasmine Almaguer of Kansas, 8-6.

• Combined with her first season at McNeese State in 2013-14, Castellano is now 20-4 in her career in singles action (18-3 at McNeese; 2-1 at K-State).
• Juhasz ended a personal 10-match skid with her singles win on Saturday. The native of Debrecen, Hungary ended the 2014 spring season with eight straight losses. This was Juhasz’s first win since March 22 at UC Santa Barbara.
• Juhasz owns a career record of 14-20, including a two-set record of 11-14.
• Panaite tallied consecutive singles wins for the first time since April 19 and April 24. Panaite owns a career record of 11-21.
• St. Hill and Panaite and now 2-2 when paired together in doubles. The duo played just two matches together in 2013-14.

K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “Overall we were pleased with the doubles today. Amina and Maria didn’t start the day very well, but were able to make the necessary adjustments for their second match and they played it well. Sara and Palma had two wins against strong doubles teams. We were especially pleased with their energy and competition level. We are just starting to work on our doubles game and have a long way to go, but we are pleased overall with today’s performance.
• “Laura showed great fight and will in her singles match. She was down 4-1 in the third set and managed to find a way to get back into it and win it. It doesn’t always have to be pretty, but fight and heart is something we talk about a lot and Laura showed that today.”
• “We are working on a lot of new things with Iva, which can be overwhelming at times. She made improvements today and played a lot better compared to yesterday. There’s a lot of learning to do but Iva is getting better and better each day.”

Coming up Next
• K-State will conclude action at the OU Fall Invite on Sunday. Matches begin at 9 a.m., and one round of doubles will be played and one round of singles will be contested.