Castellano, Juhasz Advance at ITA Central Regional

ITA Central Regional - Day 1 Results (PDF)

STILLWATER, Okla. – K-State was well represented on the first day of main draw action at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional Championships on Friday, as the sophomore tandem of Sara Castellano and Palma Juhasz advanced to the second round of doubles and each saw varied success in singles play.

Singles
• Sophomore Sara Castellano, seeded No. 16 in the singles main draw, won a pair of matches on Friday to advance to the round of 16.
• Castellano opened her singles action with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Nell Boyd of Drake.
• She captured her second win of the afternoon with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Paula Rincon-Otero of Minnesota.
• Sophomore Palma Juhasz registered a come from behind 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Morven McCulloch of Iowa in the first round.
• Juhasz was defeated in the second round, 6-4, 6-2 by Katarina Adamovic of Oklahoma State.

Doubles
• The doubles pair of Castellano and Juhasz advanced to the second round of doubles action.
• The duo defeated the pairing of Mariel Ante and Adrienne Jensen from Drake, 8-5.
• Castellano and Juhasz will face Ksenia Pronina and Samantha Budai of Iowa State in the second round on Saturday.

Noteworthy
• Combined with her first season at McNeese State in 2013-14, Castellano is now 22-5 in her career in singles action (18-3 at McNeese; 4-2 at K-State).
• Castellano has now reached the round of 16 of an ITA regional championship.
• Juhasz owns a career record of 16-21, including a 3-3 mark this fall.
• Castellano and Juhasz are 4-0 this season in doubles.

Quotes
K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “Overall we had a very good day. We started off a little shaky in doubles but managed to get back on track with our game plan and played much better to close the match out.”
• “I am very pleased with Palma. She had a tough draw and in her first match and was down a set very quickly. We work a lot on being aggressive and dictating game style, and she was able to do just that in the second and third set and secured the win. Adamovic of OSU is a tough player and played the big points just a little better than us. Even with the loss, I can see Palma's improvements and we need to stay committed to the process and long term goals.”
• “Sara not only played well in both matches, but she was able to make changes and execute new things we talked about after our last tournament, which shows great improvement. She was also able to make improvements from her first to her second round, and played much better against Minnesota. In the round of 16, she plays against a player she lost to earlier this fall and it's a great opportunity to measure our improvements in the past month."

Coming up Next
• K-State’s Castellano and Juhasz will continue to represent the Wildcats at the ITA Central Regional on Saturday.