Cats Complete First Day of SDSU Fall Classic

Day 1 Results (PDF)

SAN DIEGO – Three singles victories and a pair of doubles wins for the Kansas State women’s tennis team highlighted the first day of action at the San Diego State Fall Tennis Classic Friday at the Aztec Tennis Center.

“It’s been a few weeks since our last official match and it showed on some courts today,” said head coach Danielle Steinberg. “It took some of us awhile, if at all, to found our rhythm and really get into the match. On other courts we started strong and didn’t look back.”

Seniors Iva Bago and Livia Cirnu along with sophomore Ana Garcia Navas each earned straight-set, quarterfinal victories in their respective singles brackets. Bago and Cirnu both advance to the semifinal round of the Silver bracket and Garcia Navas moves on to the semis in the White bracket.

Bago defeated Elena Schneider of Arizona, 6-3, 6-2, while Cirnu earned a 6-3, 6-3 victory over San Diego State’s Berta Acero. Bago will face SDSU’s Olivia Larsson and Cirnu will meet Haruka Sasaki of North Texas Saturday. Garcia Navas upended UNT’s Alexandra Heezey, 6-4, 6-2, and will square off with Ashlynn Hall of UC Irvine tomorrow morning.

“We use the fall matches to really find our game and our identity on the court, and learn how to deal with match-specific situations,” Steinberg added. “I think some of us can take a lot from today; learn from it and apply it in tomorrow’s matches – and hopefully get better from it.”

The doubles team of Bago and Cirnu picked up a first-round victory over the Aztec pair of Taylor Lederman and Marina Colvee, 6-1. Colvee will be paired with UC Irvine’s Hali Dickson and will meet Bago and Cirnu in tomorrow’s semifinal match in the Red bracket.

In the Doubles Black bracket, the duo of junior Carolina Costamagna and senior Palma Juhasz overpowered the Arizona team of Paris Corley and Camila Westbrook in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (6). Costamagna and Juhasz will play their semifinal match tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT against SDSU’s Mia Smith and Alli Valk.

“Doubles was great, just like all fall,” said Steinberg. “We had a bit of bad luck with Millie [Stretton] being sick, but overall we continue to be very pleased with our doubles.”

The second day of the three-day, five-team tournament will begin at 11 a.m. CT with resumption of doubles play followed by the singles brackets at 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.