No. 65 K-State Drops Match to No. 14 Wichita State, 4-1

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Facing its fourth straight ranked opponent, No. 65 K-State women's tennis dropped its second consecutive match as it lost to No. 14 Wichita State 4-1 in a neutral site match on Monday.

The Wildcats (7-6), which featured a slight change in its doubles lineup, dropped the doubles point to the Shockers (17-3) before going 1-3 in singles. Sophomore Carolina Costamagna picked up the lone victory for K-State, defeating Julia Schiller 6-2, 6-1.

"Wichita State is No. 14 in the country for a reason," said K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "They played tough in positions one through six as well as three solid doubles. We had our chances in singles, but Wichita State played tougher on the big points on several courts. If we want to beat a team of this caliber, we have to take some chances and play bigger on the crucial points."

Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton competed in doubles together for the second straight match but moved up to the No. 1 position for the first time. The pair of freshmen were leading 5-3 before the match went unfinished as the Shockers clinched the point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Costamagna and Iva Bago, also competing together for the second straight match, fell to Rebecca Pedrazzi and Aleksandra Trifunovic 6-1 at the No. 2 position.

At the No. 3 spot, Sara Castellano and Palma Juhasz dropped their first match together when they lost to Abby Stevens and Giulia Guidetti 6-3. Castellano and Juhasz fell to 5-1 as a pair in duals.

The singles lineup remained the same from last week's Big 12 opener against Baylor. All four matches that finished were decided in straight sets, with the Shockers taking the victories at No. 1, 5 and 6. The K-State freshmen, Garcia Navas and Stretton, did not finish their matches at the No. 2 and 4 spots, respectively. Stretton had taken the first set, though, against Guidetti 6-2, and they were tied at 5-5 at the conclusion of the overall match. Garcia Navas, meanwhile, rallied from a first set loss (2-6) to even her matchup against Pedrazzi with a 7-5 win in the second. 

"Overall, we are competing neck-to-neck with the best teams in the country," explained Steinberg. "Which is encouraging and keeps us motivated to keep working hard and keep improving."

The Wildcats return home to resume Big 12 play against No. 32 Texas (6-4) on March 20 at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.


No. 1 Porubin (WSU) def. Castellano (K-State) 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 Garcia Navas (K-State) vs. Pedrazzi (WSU) 2-6, 7-5 DNF
No. 3 Costamagna (K-State) def. Schiller (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 Stretton (K-State) vs. Guidetti (WSU) 6-2, 5-5 DNF
No. 5 Trifunovic (WSU) def. Bago (K-State) 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 Stevens (WSU) def. Cirnu (K-State) 6-2, 6-4

No. 1 Garcia Navas/Stretton (K-State) vs. Porubin/Schiller (WSU) 5-3 DNF
No. 2 Pedrazzi/Trifunovic (WSU) def. Costamagna/Bago (K-State) 6-1
No. 3 Stevens/Guidetti (WSU) def. Castellano/Juhasz (K-State) 6-3