K-State Begins Big 12 Slate with TCU, Texas Tech

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women's tennis will begin Big 12 action this weekend, as the Wildcats host No. 27 TCU on Friday and No. 17 Texas Tech on Sunday. Both matches are slated to be played outdoors at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium and are free and open to the public.

The Wildcats and Horned Frogs will face off on Friday at 1 p.m. Friday's match is Fort Riley Day and will feature a color guard prior to the match.

TCU leads the series with K-State, 5-0. The last meeting in the series came on April 11, 2014 in Fort Worth, a 7-0 win by the Horned Frogs.

In the 2015 spring season, TCU is 7-5 and enter the weekend with a three-match win streak. The Horned Frogs are led by No. 41 Simona Parajova and No. 101 ranked Stefanie Tan. Parajova owns a team-leading record of 16-4 overall and is 8-2 this spring from the number two position in the lineup. Tan leads the Horned Frogs from the top of the lineup with a record of 4-6 at the top position in the lineup.

K-State and Texas Tech will face off on Sunday at 11 a.m. Sunday's match will be K-State's first annual Pink Match. The first 50 K-State students in attendance will receive a pink K-State Women's Tennis t-shirt.

The Lady Raiders lead the series with the Wildcats, 14-12. The last meeting in the series came on April 13, 2014 in Lubbock, a 6-1 win by the Lady Raiders. K-State's last win over Texas Tech came on April 25, 2010 in the first round of the Big 12 Championship in Austin, Texas. In matches played in Manhattan in the series, K-State is 6-4 against Texas Tech.

In the 2015 spring season, Texas Tech is 10-3 this season. The Lady Raiders are led by Kenna Kilgo at the number one position with an overall record of 6-6 and a 3-4 mark at the top position. Texas Tech is also paced by No. 120 ranked Sabrina Federici, who enters the weekend with an 11-match win streak and a 6-0 record this spring.

In its last match, Kansas State (6-7) fell 4-1 at Iowa. The Wildcats are led in singles play this season by sophomores Palma Juhasz, Iva Bago and Livia Cirnu. Juhasz has generated a 14-8 record this season, including a current six-match win streak. With her win at Iowa on March 8, Juhasz tied her effort from last season for singles wins. The native of Debrecen, Hungary, is 4-0 in the number two position and was 3-4 after making the jump to number one in the lineup.

Bago has a career-high 14 wins (14-10) including a 7-5 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 13-9 this season and needs three singles wins to tie her win total from her freshman season. The product of Constanta, Romania, is 7-4 in dual match player including a 3-0 record in the third slot in the lineup this spring.

Following this weekend's Big 12 matches, Kansas State will conclude its 2015 spring home schedule next weekend. The Wildcats will host West Virginia on Friday, March 20 at 11 a.m., and Iowa State on Sunday, March 22 at 11 a.m. K-State will honor its lone senior on the roster, Amina St. Hill prior to the start of the Iowa State match.