No. 64 K-State Downs No. 74 UC Irvine

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – No. 64 Kansas State women’s tennis opened action at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Season Kick-Off on Saturday morning with a 4-0 win over No. 74 UC Irvine. K-State is 2-0 for the first time since the 2013 season and the 13th time in program history.

The Basics
• Score: (64) Kansas State 4, (74) UC Irvine 0
• Records: Kansas State (2-0), UC Irvine (1-1)

Doubles
• K-State came from behind in doubles action, following a loss at number three doubles with wins at number two and one to clinch the first point of the day.
• The Wildcats’ number two tandem of Iva Bago and Amina St. Hill carded a 6-4 win over Sarah Gong and Arisha Ladhani. Bago and St. Hill are 1-3 this season when paired together.
• K-State’s top pair of sophomores Sara Castellano and Palma Juhasz fended off a stiff challenge from Ali Facey and Kat Facey, 7-6 (8-6), to clinch the point for the Wildcats. Castellano and Juhasz have won two straight doubles matches and are 6-4 this season.

Singles
• Castellano picked up her second win of the spring at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Gong. The win pushed K-State into a 2-0 lead. Castellano is 9-5 this season in singles action.
• K-State took a 3-0 lead, as Bago also improved her record to 9-5 this season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mazy Watrous at No. 4 singles. Bago is now 20-25 in her singles career, including a 2-1 mark at the No. 4 position in the lineup.
• St. Hill clinched the win for the Wildcats with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win over Vivien Dvali. St. Hill is 44-45 in her career including a mark of 8-4 this season. She is 9-2 in her career at the No. 6 position in the K-State lineup.
    
Noteworthy
• Kansas State is 5-2 against teams from the Big West Conference.
• As a team, K-State is now 57-41 in singles action and 18-25 in doubles.

Quotes
K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “The girls showed so much heart today and that’s what I am most proud of. We didn’t play our best tennis in most courts, but we stuck with it and fought our way back in the singles matches. We won every second set out there, which shows that no matter what we will keep working and keep fighting. That, plus our positive attitude, will be our biggest weapons this year.”

Coming up Next
• K-State will conclude action in the ITA Season Kick-off on Sunday at 3 p.m. (CT), against No. 1 UCLA. The Bruins defeated Marshall, 4-0.