Juhasz, Hopton End OU Invite Strong

OU Invite - Final K-State Results (PDF)


NORMAN, Okla. –
K-State women’s tennis concluded action at the OU Fall Invite on Sunday at the Headington Family Tennis Center. The Wildcats secured two singles wins and two doubles wins on the final day. For the weekend, K-State registered 13 singles wins and five doubles wins.

Singles
• Sophomore Palma Juhasz registered her second straight win with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Gracia Mboko of Denver.
• Juhasz finished the weekend with a 2-2 singles record.
• Freshman Laura Hopton ended her debut weekend with the Wildcats on a high note, as she registered her third straight singles win.
• The native of North Ferriby, United Kingdom, tallied a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Katie Pickens of Kansas.

Doubles
• K-State’s top duo of sophomore Sara Castellano and Juhasz notched a perfect doubles weekend with an 8-1 win over Maria Delen Luduena and Madison Harrison of Kansas.

Noteworthy
• For the weekend, six Wildcats registered multiple singles wins led by Hopton’s 3-1 mark. Recording two singles wins each were Iva Bago, Castellano, Livia Cirnu, Juhasz and Maria Panaite.
• Juhasz owns a career record of 15-20, including a two-set record of 12-14.
• Sunday’s singles win by Juhasz marked her first consecutive singles wins since a three-match winning streak from March 14-28.

Quotes
K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “It was a good tournament overall. The girls got a lot of high level matches and that’s what they need right now. We are working on a lot of different things in practice and going out there and doing it in matches is what we need right now. We are very early in the fall schedule and have a long way ahead of us, but we are encouraged with the girls’ attitude, hard work and overall performance.”
• “We have a general idea of what our doubles need to look like and right now we are playing with the combinations. Palma and Sara had a very good tournament, beating some very good teams, which is impressive considering it’s the first time they played together.”
• “Palma is great. She is very receptive to coaching and is such a hard worker. Her first two matches were tough, but she kept her head up and stuck with the plan and played very well the last two days.”

Coming up Next
• K-State resume action in a month, as the Wildcats will return to the state of Oklahoma for the ITA Central Region Championship in Stillwater on Oct. 16-19.