K-State Tennis Wraps Up Fall Season at SDSU Fall Classic

Day 3 Results (PDF)

SAN DIEGO – The Kansas State women’s tennis team picked up seven wins – five singles, two doubles – on the final day of the San Diego State Fall Tennis Classic at the Aztec Tennis Center Sunday.

K-State claimed a pair of second-place finishes and a third-place showing to go with three consolation-final victories in their respective brackets to close out the fall portion of its schedule.

“Most girls played their best match of the tournament today,” said head coach Danielle Steinberg. “This shows us we are able to make adjustments from day to day and learn from our mistakes.

“I still think we can do better in playing full matches and full tournaments without having big drops of energy, focus or attitude,” Steinberg added. “But I am certain we can improve on that by the time we get to the core of our spring season.”

Senior Livia Cirnu claimed a third-place finish in the singles Silver bracket as she eased by Alli Valk from host San Diego State, 6-1, 6-0.

Sophomore Ana Garcia Navas finished in second in the White bracket, falling in the three sets in the bracket’s championship match to SDSU’s Kennedy Davis, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Junior Carolina Costamagna was victorious for the second straight day to take the consolation final of the singles Red bracket, defeating Constance Branstine of UC Irvine (6-3, ret.). In the same bracket, sophomore Millie Stretton collected her second straight win with a split-set win (4-6, 6-2, 7-5) over Paris Corley of Arizona.

Senior Palma Juhasz also won her second straight singles match, earning a consolation championship of the Gold bracket with a three-set triumph over Arizona’s Sofia Thomas, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-3.

Senior Maria Panaite collected her first singles win of the tournament with a 7-6 (6), 6-1 victory over Hali Dickson of UCI in the White bracket.

Five of the seven Wildcats finished the three-day tournament with a winning singles record.

On the doubles side, the teams of Bago/Cirnu and Garcia Navas/Panaite each claimed their respective consolation finals. Bago and Cirnu overpowered the UCI team of Ashlynn Hall and Ariana Tilbury, 6-1, in the Red bracket while Garcia Navas and Panaite upended the Arizona pair of Camila Wesbrooks and Paris Corley, 6-4, in the Black bracket.

In the championship match of the Black bracket, Costamagna and Juhasz fell to North Texas’ Maria Kononova and Alexandra Heczey, 6-4.

All three Wildcat doubles teams finished the weekend with a 2-1 record.

“Overall, it was a good fall for us, with strong doubles and some good singles showing,” Steinberg said. “I am excited for the season to get here and start competing every week with this group.”

The three-day, five-team tournament marked the end of the fall season for K-State. The Wildcats will continue to prepare for the spring season, which begins January 13-14 with a trip to Honolulu to take on the University of Washington and University of Hawaii.