K-State Upset Bid Falls Short at No. 31 Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Kansas State women's tennis played through a weather delay and a change of venue on Friday at No. 31 Texas and almost overcame both to upset the Longhorns. The home standing Longhorns held off the Wildcats, 4-2, to send K-State to its fifth straight Big 12 loss.

The Basics
· Score: (31) Texas 4, Kansas State 2
· Records: Kansas State (8-15, 1-7 Big 12), (31) Texas (8-10, 5-3 Big 12)

· Texas secured the opening point by with a 2-0 decision with wins at number one (6-0 and three doubles (6-1).

· Texas clinched the match with singles wins at numbers two, three and six singles. K-State forced a 2-2 tie with consecutive wins at number four and one singles.
· Due to a weather delay in the Austin area, the match was moved indoors to the Weller Indoor Tennis Center midway through singles action.
· Before the delay, sophomore Livia Cirnu picked up her 16th win of the season and brought K-State to within 2-1. Cirnu collected her second league victory by easing past Pippa Horn at number four singles, 6-2, 6-4. Cirnu is 16-11 this season and has tied her career-high win total of 16 from last season.
· After the delay, freshman Carolina Costamagna tied the match at two apiece as she recorded her second Big 12 victory and her first over a ranked opponent. Costamagna downed No. 43 Breaunna Addison at number one singles, 7-6, 6-3. Costamagna ended a two-match skid with the win and improved her record in her first in Manhattan to 3-4 overall.

· Kansas State is 130-247 in Big 12 matches.
· This was the 24th meeting in the series between the schools. Texas has won all 24 meetings in the series.
· K-State is 1-7 against teams ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.
· The Wildcats are 1-11 in true road matches this season.
· As a team, K-State is now 95-94 in singles action and 38-51 in doubles.

Kansas State head coach Danielle Steinberg
· "I really liked how we came out in singles, winning the first set on five of the courts and playing aggressive. We have to do a better job at coming out that way in doubles as well, and do it consistently on all three courts. Again, we see the improvements every match we play and once we are able to be more consistent on all courts we know things will come together and translate to not only more individual wins but also team wins."

Coming up Next
· Kansas State wraps up its regular season schedule on Sunday, as the Wildcats visit No. 7 Baylor in Waco. Match time is 1 p.m.