Three Advance to Second Round of ITA Regionals

ITA Central Regional Day One Results (PDF)

Sara Castellano, Carolina Costamagna and Ana Garcia Navas all advanced out of the first round of the ITA Central Regionals on Thursday as K-State women’s tennis finished the day with five wins total between singles and doubles play at the Greenwood Tennis Center.

Castellano defeated Mia Frogner of SIUE 7-5, 6-1 to move out of the first round of regionals for the third straight year and improve to 7-2 all-time in singles at the ITA regionals. The redshirt sophomore will challenge Minnesota’s Mehvish Safdar in the next round.

Extending her singles winning streak to four matches, Garcia Navas took down Drake’s Summer Brills 6-2, 6-1. The freshman will now face Brittany Lashway of Missouri on Friday.

The third singles win came from Costamagna, who beat Marina Albert from UMKC in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. The sophomore moves on to face Shannon Hudson of Arkansas. 

“Overall, it was a good day for the ‘Cats,” said K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. “I think we all did a great job in singles. Even Iva (Bago), who lost a tough three-setter, did a much better job today than she did in the first two tournaments. Her attitude and energy were both positive. Next step is to be able to keep that for three sets without having any drops.”

Bago won the first set of her match against Wichita State’s Aleksandra Trifunovic but went on to drop the contest 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. She moved to the consolation bracket and will compete against Maria Cardona of KU.

In doubles action, each pair won their first match to start the day before losing the second. Garcia Navas and Bago beat Omaha’s Janelle Wilson and Kenzie Hill 8-1 in the first round before falling to Viktoriya Lushkova and Carla Tur Mari of Oklahoma State, 8-3.

Castellano and Costamagna took down Allie Schulte and Linda Ammar Mouhoub from UMKC 8-4 in their opener. The pair then lost in the second round to Missouri State’s Ema Turudija and Miranda Poile 8-4.

“We definitely have work to do in doubles,” explained Steinberg. “We are getting better with every match, but we still need to improve our court positioning and movement, and make better shot selection choices.”

The Wildcats continue play on Friday starting at 9 a.m.