Cats open tennis season in style

By The Mercury

Kansas State returned to Mike Goss Tennis Stadium on Saturday for the second day of the K-State Fall Invitational. The Wildcats faced Wichita State in singles and then closed out the doubles portion of the weekend schedule with a pair of doubles matches in the late afternoon and evening.

The Wildcats closed out its doubles schedule at the K-State Fall Invitational with four victories. Head coach Steve Bietau adjusted his doubles lineups from Friday and saw his squad respond with three 8-1 wins over Kansas City. The duo of junior Amina St. Hill and freshman Palma Juhasz were left together by Bietau and remained unbeaten for the weekend with an 8-1 win over Dimitra Stavrianakou and Linda Ammar-Mouhoub.

St. Hill and Juhasz returned to the court roughly 20 minutes after defeating the Kangaroos to notch an 8-2 win over Montse Blanco-Fernandez of Wichita State. St. Hill and Juhasz finished the weekend with an unbeaten doubles mark.

In K-State’s singles action, the Wildcats were able to get a preview of a 2014 spring opponent by facing Wichita State. K-State tallied one singles wins during the afternoon matches. Freshman Riley Nizzi carded her second career win in as many days with a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Summer Schlotterback.

Action will conclude at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium for the K-State Fall Invitational today beginning at 9 a.m., with singles matches between Kansas City and Wichita State. K-State will face Omaha in singles at 11:30 a.m.

Wildcats started well on Friday

K-State women’s tennis officially opened Mike Goss Tennis Stadium with the first day of action at the K-State Fall Invitational on a wonderful sunny Friday on the K-State campus. The Wildcats’ young roster saw its first experience in K-State uniforms, securing six singles wins and one doubles victory.

Playing its first home fall event since 1997 and its first on-campus matches in five years, K-State responded in style with six singles wins over Kansas City, including five in straight sets, to begin the day.

Leading the way were wins by five of the six K-State freshmen. K-State freshman Iva Bago captured her first career win with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Gaby Pintos. Aside from her first career win, Bago’s victory marked the first K-State singles win at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.

Following Bago’s win, freshman Palma Juhasz tallied her first career win with a 6-0, 6-3 decision over the Kangaroos’ Raquel Argenal. Freshman Riley Nizzi carded her first career win with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Linda Ammar-Mouhoub. Freshman Livia Cirnu notched her first win with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Amelie Amsallem. The final freshman to card her first win was Maria Panaite, who needed three sets to drop Maddie Schulte, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.

The lone returner for K-State to see action on Friday was junior Amina St. Hill. The native of Gothenburg, Sweden registered a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kansas City’s Dimitra Stavriankou. The win improved St. Hill’s career record to 21-28 and she has now won three of her last four matches.

In the afternoon doubles session, K-State registered one win over Omaha in front of a spirited crowd of K-State supporters. Picking up the win for the Wildcats was the duo of St. Hill and Juhasz with an 8-2 victory over Alex Tran and Jacqueline Baude.

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