K-State Falls to UNLV on Friday

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Kansas State women’s tennis entered its trip to Las Vegas with a three-match win streak, but host UNLV ended the winning ways of the Wildcats with a 6-1 win on Friday.  

The Basics
• Score: UNLV 6, Kansas State 1
• Records: Kansas State (5-6), UNLV (2-4)

Doubles
• UNLV secured the early 1-0 lead over the Wildcats, by winning the doubles point with a 2-1 decision with wins at number two and three doubles.
• The Wildcats’ top tandem of sophomore Palma Juhasz and freshman Carolina Costamagna cruised past Anett Ferenczi-Bako and Bojana Petrovic, 6-1. This was the first ever match for the pairing of Juhasz and Costamagna, as Costamagna made her K-State debut on Friday.
• K-State had won three straight doubles points before Friday. The Wildcats are 5-1 when winning the doubles point and 0-5 when dropping the opening point.

Singles
• UNLV clinched the win by securing two-set wins at number four, five and six singles.
• Juhasz was able to bring K-State into a 1-1 tie with the Runnin’ Rebels, as she continued her strong singles play with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ferenczi-Bako at number two singles. The sophomore from Debrecen, Hungary is now 12-8 this season including a current four-match winning streak. She is now 25-25 in her career in singles play.
• Costamagna debuted at the number one position in the Wildcat lineup. She was defeated in a hard fought tie breaker with Santa Shumilina, 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7).
• Sophomore Iva Bago saw her three-match win streak snapped with a three-set heartbreaker to Iren Kotseva at number three singles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Bago is now 13-6 overall this season and 6-4 in dual match play. Her 13 singles wins are a new career-best for a season.

Noteworthy
• Kansas State is 9-19 against teams from the Mountain West Conference.
• This was the sixth meeting in the series between the schools and the first since March 23, 1998. UNLV leads the series, 4-2.
• As a team, K-State is now 77-65 in singles action and 27-34 in doubles.

Quotes
K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “We started the match very flat and we simply can’t afford to do that. By the time we got into the match the doubles point was gone. The intensity was on and off in some of the singles matches, and again, it’s something we just can’t afford. Losing is one thing, but losing without giving everything you have in every minute of the match is unacceptable to me and I am hoping this was the last time I have to address intensity with the team.”

Coming up Next
• K-State will conclude action in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats will face Colorado State at 12 p.m. (CT).