Castellano Reaches Semifinals at ITA Central Regional

ITA Central Regional Day 3 - K-State Results (PDF)

STILLWATER, Okla. – K-State sophomore Sara Castellano had her run through the singles main draw of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional Championships come to an end on Sunday, but not before she reached the semifinals of the event.

Singles
• Castellano, seeded No. 16 in the singles main draw, won her fourth straight match on Sunday morning to advance to the afternoon semifinals.
• Castellano cruised past Oklahoma State’s Maria Alvarez, 6-1, 6-1.
• In the semifinal match, Castellano was defeated by Vladica Babic of Oklahoma State, 6-2, 6-3.

Noteworthy
• Combined with her first season at McNeese State in 2013-14, Castellano is now 24-6 in her career in singles action (18-3 at McNeese; 6-3 at K-State).
• Castellano reached the semifinals 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 achieved the longest win streak by a Wildcat this season with her four straight wins. The longest current winning streak for K-State is held by freshman Laura Hopton with three straight wins.

Quotes
K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “Sara had a great weekend. It's the most focused and controlled I have ever seen her, which is something we talk about a lot. Obviously we are very happy with the results, but more importantly I am so pleased with her attitude and the fact she was able to implement all the things we have been working on the past few months. I am hoping she can carry it on to the next tournament and spring season so we can take her game to the next level.”
• “We are all working very hard and it’s starting to pay off. Both Palma and Sara showed great improvement this weekend. The rest of the team is playing at Drake starting on Friday and we are hoping to see similar improvements from all of them.”

Coming up Next
• K-State will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the Drake Jamboree on Oct. 24-26. Head coach Danielle Steinberg will send a group of Wildcats to the Drake Jamboree that will include: senior Amina St. Hill, sophomores Iva Bago, Livia Cirnu, Maria Panaite and Riley Nizzi and freshman Laura Hopton.