No. 64 K-State Falls to No. 1 UCLA

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – No. 64 Kansas State women’s tennis faced its biggest challenge of the spring, as the Wildcats faced No. 1 UCLA on Sunday in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Season Kick-off on Sunday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The home standing Bruins held off the Wildcats, 4-0.

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

• UCLA captured wins at number three and number one doubles to clinch the opening point.
• K-State’s number three duo of Riley Nizzi and Maria Panaite fell for the second straight day, as the No. 46 ranked pair of Terri Fleming and Chanelle Van Nguyen won 6-1.
• K-State’s top pair of sophomores Sara Castellano and Palma Juhasz dropped their first match of the spring, as UCLA’s Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady secured the point for the Bruins with a 6-2 win. Castellano and Juhasz are 6-5 this season when paired together. Juhasz owns a career doubles record of 19-18.

• Fleming tallied a 6-1, 6-1 win at number four singles over K-State’s Livia Cirnu. The loss by Cirnu snapped a personal three-match winning streak.
• UCLA took a 3-0 lead, as Kelly Shaffer downed Nizzi at number six singles, 6-0, 6-1.
• The Bruins captured the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win at number three singles by Kyle McPhillips over Panaite.
• Kansas State is 24-40 against teams from the Pac 12 Conference.
• As a team, K-State is now 57-44 in singles action and 18-27 in doubles.

K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “UCLA was just too strong for us today and credit goes to them for some great tennis. Overall, I am very happy with how we played and with our attitude this whole weekend. I think we played better today that yesterday and we are definitely improving every time we go on the court. We were a little unlucky with Sara’s injury today. We were thinking of what’s best for her and the team for the long run and decided to pull her out of singles. The season is very young and we have to make sure we are making smart choices.”

Coming up Next
• K-State will travel to the state of Colorado for a pair of matches next weekend. Kansas State will face Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. (CT) in Boulder and then will travel south to face Air Force on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 a.m. (CT) in Colorado Springs.