Singles Power K-State to 4-2 Win over Southern Illinois

Results (PDF)

MANHATTAN, Kan.
– K-State tennis used singles win by Iva Bago, Sara Castellano, Carolina Costamagna and Ana Garcia Navas to beat Southern Illinois, 4-2, and earn its 10th win of the season on Friday at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.

The Wildcats (10-11) were forced to overcome a loss of the doubles point to the Salukis (13-10) to start the morning, but with Castellano clinching the match by rallying back from a first-set loss, K-State was able to reach its most wins in a season since 2014 (10-13).

After Garcia Navas and Bago won their respective matches in straight sets to even the overall contest at 2-2, Costamagna staved off a second-set challenge by Meagan Monaghan to win 6-1, 7-5 at the No. 3 position. Castellano, meanwhile, bounced back from a 6-1 first-set defeat to beat Xiwei Cai 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 to end the first of two matches on the day for the Wildcats.

Although Costamagna and Livia Cirnu picked up the first of the three doubles matches, the Salukis won at the No. 1 and 2 spots. Monaghan and Vitoria Beirao beat Palma Juhasz and Castellano 7-5 while Cai and Ana Sofia Cordero trumped Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton 7-6 to secure the point. Garcia Navas and Stretton once trailed 5-2 in their match, but the freshman duo was able to force a tiebreaker before eventually falling for the fifth time together this year.

The lone K-State loss in singles came at the No. 6 position where Cirnu dropped her first home singles match this season, losing 6-4, 6-3 to Polina Dozortseva.

In addition to being its most wins in two years, the Wildcats’ 10 victories are tied for their most over the last five seasons and second most in the last nine.

K-State wraps up its doubleheader at 3 p.m. when it takes on No. 14 Oklahoma State in a Big 12 match.

Results
Singles
1. Sara Castellano (K-State) def. Xiwei Cai (SIU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
2. Ana Garcia Navas (K-State) def. Athena Chrysanthou (SIU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Carolina Costamagna (K-State) def. Meagan Monaghan (SIU) 6-1, 7-5
4. Millie Stretton (K-State) vs. Ana Sofia Cordero (SIU) 6-1, 6-7, 3-3, unfinished
5. Iva Bago (K-State) def. Katie Fries (SIU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Polina Dozortseva (SIU) def. Livia Cirnu (K-State) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles
1. Xiwei Cai/Ana Sofia Cordero (SIU) def. Millie Stretton/Ana Garcia Navas (K-State) 7-6
2. Meagan Monaghan/Vitoria Beirao (SIU) def. Palma Juhasz/Sara Castellano (K-State) 7-5
3. Carolina Costamagna/Livia Cirnu (K-State) def. Athena Chrysanthou/Polina Dozortseva (SIU) 6-2

Order of Finish
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 2, 6, 5, 3, 1