Stretton, Panaite Earn Wins in Day Two of SMU Fall Tournament

Updated Results (Through Day Two)

– Freshman Millie Stretton and junior Maria Panaite each picked up singles wins to lead the way for K-State women’s tennis on the second day of the SMU Fall Tournament.

Stretton defeated Yuchia Chen of Louisiana Tech in a three-set battle 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in a consolation match of the Black Singles draw.

Meanwhile, Panaite beat SMU’s Christina Paulus 6-2, 6-2 in the SMU Singles draw consolation round.

Head coach Danielle Steinberg was impressed with the way Stretton, who earned her fourth singles win of the fall, came back and competed in her singles match after struggling during doubles play.

“Millie did not do as well as she would like in doubles and did not start her singles playing very well, but she stayed focused, was able to regroup and stick to her game plan,” Steinberg said. “After dropping that first set, she played a solid two sets and pulled it off. We are very happy with her attitude and commitment to doing the right things.”

Stretton and Panaite had K-State’s only two wins of the day, but Steinberg said the team took steps in the right direction.

“Results-wise it might not have been our best day overall,” explained Steinberg. “But focusing on the process, I still think we made some individual strides.”

Steinberg was particularly happy with the progress made by sophomore Carolina Costamagna, who lost a hard-fought match to TCU’s Alexandria Zenovka 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Red Singles draw.

“Caro lost a tough third set, but she is doing a lot better in terms of being committed to the game plan and committed to competing hard,” said Steinberg. “We still need to take it one step further and have her show the same commitment throughout a full match, but today was a lot better than the last couple of weeks.”

Also competing in her draw’s semifinal, junior Livia Cirnu fell to Sofiko Kadzhaya of TCU 6-2, 7-5.

Rounding out K-State’s singles action, junior Iva Bago dropped her consolation match to Rice’s Solo Zinko 6-0, 6-0.

All five Wildcats will wrap up their stints in the SMU Fall Tournament on Sunday starting at 9 a.m.