K-State Begins Action in Houston

Jason's Deli Collegiate Invitational Day 1 - K-State Results (PDF)



HOUSTON, Texas –
Kansas State women’s tennis opened up action at the Jason’s Deli Collegiate Invitational on Friday. The Wildcats picked up three singles wins and one doubles win on the first day.

Singles
• K-State tallied its three singles wins from sophomores Palma Juhasz and Maria Panaite and freshman Laura Hopton.
• Juhasz won her third straight match with a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Northwestern State’s Tatiana Larina.
• Panaite ended a personal two-match downturn with a hard fought 6-2, 5-7, 10-6 win over Polina Ivanova of Northwestern State.
• Hopton bounced back from a rough weekend at the Drake Jamboree to register a quick 6-0, 6-2 win over Stacy Lackey of Prairie View A&M. The win ended a four-match skid for Hopton.

Doubles
• The Wildcats’ lone doubles win came from the tandem of sophomore Livia Cirnu and Hopton.
• Cirnu and Hopton defeated the Houston duo of Rocio Martin and Phillips, 8-4.
• This was the first time head coach Danielle Steinberg has used this combination this season.

Noteworthy
• As a team, K-State is now 38-35 in singles action this fall and 12-18 in doubles.
• Juhasz is now 6-3 this fall and owns a 19-20 career singles record.
• Panaite is 4-5 this fall and 13-25 in her career.
• Hopton is 4-5 in her debut season with the Wildcats.
• Sophomore Iva Bago had her career-high five-match win streak come to an end.
• Senior Amina St. Hill’s had her career-high four-match winning streak ended.
• Cirnu is 4-4 this fall in doubles action and improves to 10-26 in her career. Hopton is 3-5 this season in doubles.

Quotes
K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “Even though we fell short in some matches today, I think we played very well in all positions and I was pleased with the level of tennis we displayed.”
• “I think we need to give ourselves a little more credit and play with a little more belief. The way we carry ourselves out there will play a huge impact on how well we do this year.”

Coming up Next
• K-State will continue action at the Jason’s Deli Collegiate Invitational on Saturday. The Wildcats will be in action on the Rice University campus.