Wildcats Open Strong at Drake Jamboree

Drake Jamboree Day 1 - K-State Results (PDF)


DES MOINES, Iowa –
K-State women’s tennis opened action at the Drake Jamboree on Friday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center and the Wildcats registered four singles wins and three doubles wins.

Singles
• K-State was led in singles action by sophomore Iva Bago.
• Bago knocked out a pair of singles wins on Friday, improving her record this fall to 4-2.
• In her opening singles match, Bago defeated SIUE’s Kali Donner, 6-2, 6-1.
• She used the momentum from her opening win to set down Nebraska’s Mary Hanna, 6-4, 7-6 (0) to end the afternoon.
• Sophomore Riley Nizzi recorded her first win this fall in five tries with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Haley Ilcewicz of SIUE.
• Senior Amina St. Hill recorded her first win of the fall with a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Monique Krutak of SIUE.

Doubles
• K-State registered a 3-3 record in doubles on Friday, as head coach Danielle Steinberg experimented with some new doubles combinations.
• The Wildcats’ top doubles pair on Friday were sophomores Livia Cirnu and Riley Nizzi with two wins.
• Cirnu and Nizzi opened their day with an 8-2 win over Adrienne Jensen and Lea Kozulic of Drake.
• They ended their day in doubles with an 8-4 defeat of Ilcewicz and Krutak of SIUE.
• The third and final doubles win came from the pair of Bago and freshman Laura Hopton.
• Bago and Hopton tallied and 8-4 win over SIUE’s Lexi Aranda and Sierra Halverson.

Noteworthy
• Bago’s two singles wins on Friday marked the second time this season she has won consecutive matches. She will attempt to tie her career-best win streak of three on Saturday.
• Bago’s career record now stands at 15-22 overall.
• St. Hill ended a personal three-match losing skid with her win on Friday. St. Hill’s career singles record improves to 37-44
• With her singles win on Friday, Nizzi ended a personal seven-match losing skid. Her career record now stands at 7-10.
• The two doubles wins by Cirnu and Nizzi were their first together. The pair played just once together in 2013-14.
• The doubles wins on Friday were the seventh and eighth of Cirnu’s career, while Nizzi picked up her second and third career wins.

Quotes
K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg
• “I think the main thing we took from today is that we need to be more consistent. Whether it’s within points or during a full set or match, we have too many ups and downs as a team, and we need to do a better job with maintaining our level.”
• “We did a lot better with our positive attitude today, but it’s still something we need to improve as a team. It’s something we talk about a lot and we coaches expect to see positive attitude at all times regardless of score or how we play.”

Coming up Next
• K-State will continue action at the Drake Jamboree on Saturday.