Oct. 17, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women's tennis opened the ITA Central Regional in Norman, Okla., with four freshmen competing in the Qualifying Draw. The group of Iva Bago, Livia Cirnu, Riley Nizzi and Maria Panaite went a combined 3-4 in singles match play with each athlete, aside from Panaite, competing in two matches.
Coming into the Regionals with a 4-2 record early in her K-State career, Cirnu quickly took care of Wichita State's Summer Schlotterback in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. She would not fare as well in her second round matchup, dropping straight sets to Tulsa's Renata Kuricova (6-2, 6-1), but improved to 5-3 on the year with wins in four of her last six matches.
Bago broke a two-match losing streak with a tightly-contested victory over Madison Cook of Saint Louis in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (5). Like Cirnu though, Bago dropped her next match to Shockers senior Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. With her 1-1 effort, Bago is now 3-4 on the season.
In other contests, both Panaite and Nizzi dropped their first matches of the qualifying round. Nizzi rebounded by picking up a win in the consolation round over Central Arkansas' Cassidy Crawford (6-2, 6-3), while Panaite will face off against freshman Samantha Budai of Iowa State in tomorrow's action.
All four freshmen will continue competing tomorrow while Main Draw and doubles action will also begin. Top-seeded Petra Niedermayerova will look to defend her ITA Central Regional crown in singles play. The senior will also be paired with Wildcat freshman, Palma Juhasz, in doubles.
Along with Niedermayerova, both Juhasz and Amina St. Hill are scheduled to get their first taste of action tomorrow at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
ITA Central Regional
Norman, Okla. – Headington Family Tennis Center
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Qualifying Draw – First Round
Katerina Matysova (Neb.) def. Maria Panaite (K-State), 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (8)
Livia Cirnu (K-State) def. Summer Schlotterback (WSU), 6-1, 6-0
Iva Bago (K-State) def. Madison Cook (SLU), 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (5)
Iasmin Rosa (SDSU) def. Riley Nizzi (K-State), 6-3, 7-5
Qualifying Draw – Second Round
Renata Kuricova (Tulsa) def. Maria Panaite (K-State), 6-2, 6-1
Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul (WSU) def. Iva Bago 6-3, 6-0
Qualifying Consolation – Second Round
Riley Nizzi (K-State) def. Cassidy Crawford (UCA), 6-2, 6-3