K-State to Host Air Force, Drake

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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- K-State women's tennis returns home after a 10-day lay-off to host Air Force and Drake on Saturday and Sunday at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.

The Wildcats (3-2) lead the all-time series 9-4 against Drake (5-4), including a 6-0 mark at home. Air Force (3-3) won the only previous meeting against K-State last season in Colorado Springs.

"Both Air Force and Drake are solid and feisty teams and both will push us to play our best tennis, which is exactly what we need right now," explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "With the way our schedule turned out this year, this is only the fourth time we play back-to-back matches, but that should not be an issue or a factor. The team is in great physical shape, and I believe will come out strong both days."

The Falcons are led by junior Chloe Forlini, who is 4-1 in singles this duals season.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs are senior Maddie Johnson and sophomores Mela Jaglarz and Tess Herder, each with four dual match singles victories this year. Herder is also paired with Mariel Ante to hold the best dual match doubles record on the team at 4-3.

A team without any seniors, K-State has relied on junior Livia Cirnu and freshman Millie Stretton in the No. 5 and 6 positions, respectively. Stretton boasts the best singles dual match record for the Wildcats at 5-0 on the season while Cirnu is not far behind at 4-1.

Sophomore Carolina Costamagna and freshman Ana Garcia Navas each have a record of 3-2 in singles dual play to complement Stretton and Cirnu.

In doubles, Garcia Navas and Iva Bago have the best K-State mark at 3-2.

With temperature forecasts of 50s and 60s on Saturday and Sunday, the Wildcats will play outdoors at home for the first time this year. K-State won its previous home event, a 4-3 victory over Colorado, at the indoor Body First Wellness Center on February 5.

"We will need to make some adjustments to our game (playing outdoors), but I believe the team can make the transition to outdoor tennis rather quickly," added Steinberg.

K-State is also hosting Campus Kids Day on Saturday. Cookies will be given to the first 150 kids in attendance and there will be a short clinic following the match.

Following this weekend's slate of matches, the Wildcats will travel to New York City to compete against No. 50 Columbia (4-3) and Memphis (1-5) on February 26 and 27 at Dick Savitt Tennis Center.