Castellano Advances at ITA Central Regional

ITA Central Regional - Day 2 K-State Results (PDF)


STILLWATER, Okla. – K-State sophomore Sara Castellano continued her success in the main draw of singles at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional Championships on Saturday.

Singles
• Castellano, seeded No. 16 in the singles main draw, won her third straight match on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals.
• Castellano avenged an earlier loss from this season, defeating Abby Stevens of Wichita State, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.
• Stevens had defeated Castellano in the season-opening match at the OU Fall Invite in Norman, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6.
• A singles title this weekend by Castellano will clinch a berth into the 2014 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, held Nov. 6-9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
• Former Wildcat Petra Niedermayerova was a two-time participant in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
• In the consolation draw, Palma Juhasz registered a pair of singles wins on Saturday.
• Juhasz opened her day with a 6-0, 7-6 (6) win over Tereza Brickacova of Minnesota.
• She closed out her day with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over Jordan Eggleston of Drake.

Doubles
• The doubles pair of Castellano and Juhasz bowed out in the second round of doubles play.
• The duo was defeated by the Oklahoma State pair of Viktoriya Lushkova and Kelsey Laurente, 8-4.
• This was the first loss from the duo of Castellano and Juhasz this season, ending a four-match winning streak.

Noteworthy
• Combined with her first season at McNeese State in 2013-14, Castellano is now 23-5 in her career in singles action (18-3 at McNeese; 5-2 at K-State).
• Castellano has now reached the quarterfinals of an ITA regional championship for the first time in her career. She reached the round of 16 of the 2013 ITA Southern Regional Championships.
• Castellano has now won three straight singles matches for the first time this season and is tied for the longest current winning streak of any Wildcat this season with freshman Laura Hopton.
• Juhasz owns a career record of 18-21, including a 5-3 mark this fall.
• This is the second time Juhasz has won consecutive matches this fall.

Quotes
K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “We started off again a little too on our heels against ISU, but managed to get by and overall played good doubles. Even though we lost the 3rd round to OSU, I think we played a lot better and more aggressive, which is what we are working on. We are definitely heading in the right direction in our doubles game.”
• “Palma was so tough today. She played 4 matches overall this weekend and despite being pretty beat at the end, she pushed through and fought for every point. Those are two more solid wins for her and I feel like she is getting better with every match she plays.”
• “Sara did very well today. She lost to Stevens at OU and I am very pleased with the way she came out and executed our game plan. I am mostly happy with her being able to implement some strategy changes after dropping the second set. I think a month ago she would not have been able to do so, and that's very encouraging for the future. Advancing to the quarterfinals of regionals is a great achievement, but we are all still hungry and excited for tomorrow's match up against OSU."

Coming up Next
• K-State’s Castellano will continue to represent the Wildcats at the ITA Central Regional on Sunday.