Women’s tennis picks up mid-week victory, snaps 5-match losing streak

Sophomore Palma Juhasz concentrates before batting the ball over the net on Feb. 11, 2015 at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. Juhasz defeated Ema Turudija of MSU after three matches. (Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

No. 66 K-State women’s tennis topped Missouri State 5-1 Wednesday at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center in Manhattan to snap a five-match losing streak.

The Wildcats are now 14-3 all-time against the Bears and 3-5 on the season.

Wednesday was K-State’s first home match in nearly a month. Head coach Danielle Steinberg welcomed the return to the Little Apple and the win column.

“We are very happy to be back home,” Steinberg told K-State Sports. “It was a tough couple of weeks on the road. Tough matches and a lot of travel, so being at home is definitely a bonus. I think the girls did very well today. We had some adversity this week in practice with some injuries, but everyone stepped up and kept their head up and worked hard and I think we played well today.”

The Wildcats took a quick 1-0 lead with a pair of doubles wins from two sophomore duos in Palma Juhasz and Livia Cirnu, and Maria Panaite and Iva Bago.

On the singles side, the Wildcats made quick work to clinch a 3-0 lead. Bago matched her win total from last year with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Cirnu won her third-straight match to improve to 10-7 on the season.

Juhasz capped off the afternoon for the Wildcats later at No. 1 singles — her first victory at the single spot — with a victory over Emma Turudija, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

K-State will stay home this weekend and host UMKC and Emporia State in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.