Wildcats to battle in-state rival in Sunflower Showdown this weekend

Sophomore Iva Bago returns a shot during the K-State vs. Iowa State Tennis game on March 22, 2015 at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. The Wildcats took a loss of 4-2 against Iowa State. (File Photo by Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian)

K-State women’s tennis’ (8-11, 1-3) next stop on their seven-match road slate will come some 85 miles from Manhattan against in-state rival Kansas on Saturday.

The Wildcats have capitalized against the Jayhawks in recent years, winning the last six meetings. The Jayhawks, however, lead the all-time series 39-14 and have held their own ground at home with a 17-6 series advantage.

Kansas (6-9, 2-2) dropped two matches by a 4-3 scoreline last weekend in Texas against nonconference opponents, North Texas on Friday and SMU on Saturday.

K-State’s lineup will be headlined by sophomores Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago in singles action. The two lead the Wildcats this season with 16 wins each.

In doubles play, Juhasz and freshman Carolina Costamagna have won their last four matches to improve to 7-1 on the season.

Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown will take place at Jayhawk Tennis Center in Lawrence. Following the match, the Wildcats will hit the road again next weekend to face the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma on Friday at 5 p.m. and Oklahoma State on Sunday in Stillwater, Oklahoma at 1 p.m.