K-State Defeats Iowa State in Big 12 1st Round

April 23, 2015

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WACO, Texas -- Kansas State women's tennis put an end to a five-match losing streak with a 4-1 win over Iowa State in the first round of the 2015 Big 12 Women's Tennis Championships on Thursday at the Hurd Tennis Center. The Wildcats came back from an early deficit with four straight singles wins to clinch the win.

The Basics
· Score: Kansas State 4, Iowa State 1
· Records: Kansas State (9-16, 1-8 Big 12), Iowa State (8-15, 2-7 Big 12)

· Iowa State claimed the opening point with a 2-0 decision in doubles with wins at number two (6-4) and three doubles (6-1). In the first meeting this season between the Wildcats and Cyclones, K-State won the doubles point with wins at number one and two doubles.
· K-State has dropped six straight doubles points. The last time K-State captured the doubles point was March 28 against Newman.

· K-State clinched the match with singles wins at numbers one, three, four and five singles.
· Sophomore Maria Panaite ended a personal four-match skid with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Natalie Phippen at number five singles. This was Panaite's third win in 10 tries this season at the number five position in the lineup. For the season, Panaite is 11-19 overall and 6-13 this spring. The 11 wins are a new career-high for Panaite. Thursday's win by Panaite was the 20th of her career (20-39).
· Freshman Carolina Costamagna put K-State in front, 2-1, with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Samantha Budai at number one singles. Costamagna is 4-5 in her first season with the Wildcats.
· Sophomore Iva Bago ended a personal two-match downturn and gave K-State a 3-1 lead with a 7-5, 6-3 win at number three singles over Meghan Cassens. Bago improved to 4-6 this season from the number three position in the lineup. For the season, Bago holds a 17-13 overall record, including a 10-8 mark this spring. The 17 wins are a career-high, surpassing her 11 win effort from her freshman season.
· Livia Cirnu clinched the match for the Wildcats at number four singles with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Alejandra Galvis. Cirnu set a new career-high for singles wins in a season with her 17-12 record this season. During the spring season, Cirnu leads the team in singles wins with 11.

· Kansas State is 12-17 in the Big 12 Championships.
· This was the 41st meeting in the series between the schools. K-State leads the series, 30-11. The Wildcats are 2-0 against the Cyclones in the Big 12 Championships.
· As a team, K-State is now 99-97 in singles action and 38-55 in doubles.

Kansas State head coach Danielle Steinberg
· "I just told them I am very proud of their fight. I think it really was the first match this year where all our players showed heart, fight and passion. That is something that I have been talking about over and over, so I am super proud of our team."
· "We didn't come out as well as I had hoped in doubles today, so we have to improve in that area. Baylor is a top-10 team and just clinched the regular season title, so we are going to come out here tomorrow with no pressure and have fun."

Coming up Next
· Kansas State will return to action on Friday afternoon in the 2015 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals. K-State will face 2015 Big 12 regular season champion, Baylor, at 3 p.m. For live results and updates, visit www.kstatesports.com or follow @kstate_gameday on Twitter.