No. 66 K-State Upset at Colorado

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BOULDER, Colo. – No. 66 Kansas State traveled to Colorado to begin a two-match road trip on Saturday. The Wildcats looked to extend its win streak to three over Colorado, but the Buffaloes blanked K-State, 4-0, at the Millennium Hotel Harvest House.

The Basics
• Score: Colorado 4, (66) Kansas State 0
• Records: Kansas State (2-2), Colorado (3-0)

Doubles
• Due to an injury to Sara Castellano, head coach Danielle Steinberg was forced to adjust her doubles lineups for Saturday’s match.
• Colorado’s top pair of Julyette Steur and Tina Bokhua secured a 6-1 win over the tandem of senior Amina St. Hill and sophomore Iva Bago. St. Hill and Bago are now 1-4 when paired together this season.
• The Buffaloes clinched the first point with a 6-1 win at number two doubles by Alexandra Aiello and Ashley Tiefel over sophomores Palma Juhasz and Livia Cirnu. Saturday’s match was the first time Juhasz and Cirnu have been paired together during their time at K-State.

Singles
• Colorado jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Steur defeated sophomore Maria Panaite at number two singles, 6-0, 6-0.
• Colorado took a 3-0 lead, as Nuria Ormeno downed Bago at number three singles, 6-4, 6-1.
• The Buffaloes finished the upset win with a hard fought 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win at number singles by Bokhua  over Juhasz.
    
Noteworthy
• Kansas State is 24-41 against teams from the Pac 12 Conference, including an 0-2 record this season.
• As a team, K-State is now 57-47 in singles action and 18-29 in doubles.

Quotes
K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “This is obviously a tough loss for us. Playing in Colorado is always a challenge because of the altitude, but we had a good day of practice so that shouldn’t be an excuse or a reason. I think CU simply played better than us at 2, 3 and in doubles and that was enough to secure the win.”
• “Palma played a great match at 1 against a very strong player and she once again showed us she can compete with the best in the country.”
• “Losing Sara to an injury is obviously a set back for us and we had to adjust our doubles and singles lineups. But again, injuries are a part of the game and this can be a good opportunity for others to step up and present leadership.”

Coming up Next
• K-State will conclude its trip to Colorado on Sunday, as the Wildcats face Air Force at 9:30 a.m. (CT) in Colorado Springs.