K-State Travels to Iowa to Face the Hawkeyes


MANHATTAN, Kan. - As winners of four of their last five matches, Kansas State women's tennis used an extended break from competition to recover and will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend to face Iowa. This will be K-State's first match against a Big Ten foe this season.

"It's always nice to have a weekend off, let the girls recover mentally and physically," said K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "We also use this time to work on specific things that we usually don't get the chance to work on when we are on the road. We should be fresh and hungry for this coming match at Iowa."

The Wildcats and Hawkeyes will face off on Sunday at 12 p.m. Iowa leads the series with K-State, 5-2. The last meeting in the series came on Feb. 6, 2011 in Iowa City, a 6-1 win by the Wildcats. In the 2015 spring season, Iowa is 4-4. The Hawkeyes will have a busy weekend, hosting Big Ten newcomer Rutgers on Saturday.

In its last road trip, Kansas State (6-6) split the weekend with a win over Colorado State and a loss to host UNLV. The Wildcats are led in singles play by sophomores Iva Bago, Livia Cirnu and Palma Juhasz. Bago has a career-high 14 wins (14-9) including a 7-4 mark this spring. Bago has played in four of the five positions in the K-State singles lineup, which includes a 4-2 record at the number two position.

Cirnu is 13-8 this season and needs three singles wins to tie her win total from her freshman season. The product of Constanta, Romania, is 7-3 in dual match player including a 3-0 record in the third slot in the lineup this spring.

Juhasz has also generated a 13-8 record this season and needs one win to set a new career-high for singles wins in a season. The native of Debrecen, Hungary, is 3-0 in the number two position and was 3-4 after making the jump to number one in the lineup.

Following this weekend's road trip to Iowa, K-State will begin Big 12 action on Friday, March 13 as the Wildcats host TCU at 11 a.m.