Wildcats Face Cyclones in 1st Round of Big 12s


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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State women's tennis will begin its 2015 Big 12 Women's Tennis Championship weekend on Thursday against Iowa State in Waco at the Hurd Tennis Center. The Wildcats enter the tournament as the number nine seed, while the Cyclones are the number eight seed.

The first serve between K-State and Iowa State is set for 10 a.m. The Wildcats lead the series with the Cyclones, 29-11. The last meeting in the series came on March 22 in Manhattan, a 4-3 win by Iowa State.

In the 2015 spring season, Iowa State is 8-14 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12. The Cyclones are led by Ksenia Pronina with a 10-4 record this spring including a 9-3 mark at the number two position in the lineup.

Kansas State (8-16, 1-8 Big 12) dropped a pair of matches to end the regular season over the weekend, falling 4-2 at No. 31 Texas on Friday, April 17 and 4-0 at No. 8 Baylor on Sunday, April 19. K-State dropped six straight Big 12 matches to end the season, with the final five matches all played on the road.

The Wildcats are led in singles play this season by sophomores Palma Juhasz, Iva Bago and Livia Cirnu. Juhasz has generated a career-best 17-12 record this season. The native of Debrecen, Hungary, owns a team-leading record of 10-8 this spring including a 7-4 record at the number two position.

Bago has a career-high 16 wins (16-13) including a 9-8 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 has tied her career-high in singles wins with 16 this season (16-12) and owns a 10-7 mark this spring.

In doubles, K-State has been paced by the current top duo of Juhasz and freshman Carolina Costamagna. The tandem is ranked No. 81 in the ITA doubles rankings and own a 7-5 record this season.

As a doubles player in her career, Juhasz has a team-leading record of 31-24 including a 17-11 record this season with three different partners.

Thursday's winner will advance to face 2015 regular season Big 12 champion and host Baylor on Friday at 3 p.m.