Online Exclusive: K-State hosts pair of matches this weekend

Head coach Danielle Steinberg concentrates on how her team is performing on Feb. 11, 2015 at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. The Wildcats beat MSU 5-1 overall. (Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

After defeating Missouri State on Wednesday, 5-1, No. 66 K-State women’s tennis looks to pick up a pair of wins against UMKC and Emporia State on Saturday at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center in Manhattan.

K-State will look to ride the hot hands of sophomores Livia Cirnu and Iva Bago. Cirnu has won her last three matches and is 6-3 overall in her last nine matches. Against Missouri State, she clinched a singles and doubles win.

Bago equaled her win total from last year on Wednesday with a win over Missouri State’s Mackenzie Rozell, 6-0, 6-1. Bago is now 11-8 this season.

The Wildcats will face UMKC at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Roos come in with a 3-4 mark this season with a win most recently over Evangel in Kansas City. Lone senior Maddie Schulte, a Wichita native, leads UMKC at No. 1 singles with a 3-3 record.

Emporia State will face K-State at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Hornets enter 3-1 this season, led by sophomore Tawni Griffey who is 4-0 this spring season at No. 1 singles.

After the weekend, K-State will head back on the road and travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to face UNLV next Friday and Colorado State next Saturday.