Wildcats Face No. 25 Shockers, Jets This Weekend

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women's tennis will begin a seven-match road trip on Saturday, as the Wildcats will face No. 25 Wichita State and Newman. The seven-match road swing is the longest since the 2013 spring season, when the Wildcats played 12 straight matches away from home.


Kansas State will face Wichita State at 1 p.m., at the Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex. The Wildcats lead the series with the Shockers, 23-20, and have won three of the last four meetings including two straight.

Wichita State is 12-3 on the season. The Shockers last competed on March 7 in Lubbock, Texas, a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Lady Raiders. In addition to facing the Wildcats at 1 p.m., Wichita State will host Missouri State to open Missouri Valley Conference action at 8 a.m.

K-State and Newman will face each other for the first time. Match time is set for 6 p.m., at Riverside Park in Wichita. The Wildcats are 22-7 against NCAA Division II teams and own a 7-0 win over Emporia State on Feb. 14 of this season.

Newman is 13-1 this season, suffering its first loss of the season on March 21 to Dallas Baptist.

Kansas State (7-10, 1-3 Big 12) split its final home weekend in Manhattan, as the Wildcats defeated West Virginia, 4-0, on Friday, March 20 and fell to Iowa State, 4-3, in the regular season home finale.

The Wildcats are led in singles play this season by sophomores Iva Bago and Palma Juhasz. Bago has a career-high 15 wins (15-11) including an 8-6 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. Against Iowa State, Bago ended a personal two-match skid to pick up her first conference win of the season and the third of her career.

Juhasz has generated a 15-9 record this season, including wins in seven of her last eight completed singles matches. With her win against West Virginia on March 20, Juhasz surpassed her effort from last season for singles wins (14). The native of Debrecen, Hungary, is 8-5 this spring including a 5-1 record at the number two position.

In doubles, K-State has been paced by the current top duo of Juhasz and freshman Carolina Costamagna. The tandem is 6-1 this season, including a current three-match winning streak.

As a doubles player in her career, Juhasz has a team-leading record of 30-20 including a 16-7 record this season with three different partners. In her last 11 completed doubles matches, Juhasz and her playing partner have come out on top 10 times.

Following Saturday's matches in Wichita, Kansas State will face Sunflower Showdown rival Kansas on Saturday, April 4 at 12 p.m.