No. 64 K-State Wins Steinberg's Debut

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In a rare home season-opener played outdoors at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in January, No. 64 Kansas State captured the home debut of head coach Danielle Steinberg with a 6-1 win over Northern Iowa on Saturday.

The Basics
• Score: (64) Kansas State 6, Northern Iowa 1
• Records: Kansas State (1-0), Northern Iowa (0-1)

• K-State number one tandem of sophomores Sara Castellano and Palma Juhasz defeated UNI’s Jieke Stroobant and Elvira Lopez, 6-2. Castellano and Juhasz improved to 5-4 this season with the win.
• The Wildcats’ number three team of sophomores Maria Panaite and Riley Nizzi downed the Panthers’ Gisela Kemper and Sydney Wolfe, 6-3, to clinch the point for the Wildcats. Panaite and Nizzi are 2-3 this season.

• Due to the opportunity to play outdoors in mid-January, both teams agreed to play out all six singles matches.
• Senior Amina St. Hill made kick work of Wolfe at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0, to give K-State a 2-0 lead. St. Hill is 43-45 in her career including a mark of 7-4 this season. She is 8-2 in her career at the No. 6 position in the K-State lineup.
• Juhasz pushed K-State’s lead to 3-0, with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Lopez at No. 2 singles. Juhasz improves to 8-4 this season and 21-21 in her career.
• Sophomore Livia Cirnu clinched the win for K-State with a hard fought come back at No. 4 singles over Astrid Santos, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0. Cirnu is 7-5 this season and 23-22 in her career.
• Castellano picked up her first win of the spring at No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Erica Medlin. Castellano is 8-5 this season in singles action.
Iva Bago secured her eighth win of the season with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles over Kemper.
• Kansas State has now won 14 of its last 16 home openers, including four straight..
• K-State is now 3-0 all-time against UNI and 56-27 against schools from the Missouri Valley Conference.
• As a team, K-State is now 54-41 in singles action and 16-24 in doubles.

K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “We were obviously excited to play this weekend. We haven’t played a match since November, so I think everyone was a little worried about how they were going to come out. We knew it wasn’t going to be pretty today with the very tough conditions. I think, overall, we are very happy with how the girls came out. We were very excited to play on campus and outside at our own facility.”
• “Considering the conditions with the wind, I think we did very well. I was happy with how we came out with a positive attitude and we weren’t complaining about the wind or concerned about the conditions. Everyone came out and did good work on their court and for the most part the attitude was positive which is my main thing and something we talked about before the match.”

Coming up Next
• K-State will travel to Los Angeles, California, next weekend to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Season Kick-off. The Wildcats will face No. 72 UC Irvine on Saturday and either No. 1 UCLA or Marshall on Sunday.