Wildcats Blank Kangaroos, 7-0


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- K-State women's tennis earned its fourth sweep of the season as it took down UMKC 7-0 at the Carriage Club on Saturday.

After taking the doubles point, the Wildcats (8-7) went on to defeat the Kangaroos (6-11) in every singles match, shifting the lineup for the second match in a row and freshmen in the No. 1 and 2 positions.

Ana Garcia Navas improved to 3-1 in the No. 1 position with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Dimitra Stavrianakou. She is now 8-5 in dual singles and 14-9 overall on the year.

Millie Stretton moved up to the No. 2 position for the first time this season, defeating Melinda Johnson 6-1, 6-2. The win gives her 11 dual match victories on the year and a team high 17th overall singles win.

Also playing in new positions were Iva Bago and Livia Cirnu. Bago beat Marina Albert 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the No. 3 position while Cirnu defeated Raquel Argenal 7-5, 6-1 in the No. 4 position.

Maria Panaite was one of two Wildcats to compete in dual match singles for the first time this season, earning a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Linda Ammar Mouhoub in the No. 5 position.

"I thought we did a good job considering the court conditions were a little tough," explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "Some courts started a little slower in singles but we were able to regroup and stay focused on what we needed to do."

Palma Juhasz, the other Wildcat to compete in dual singles for the first time this season, competed in the No. 6 position and defeated Allie Schulte 6-4, 6-0.

"Seeing Palma out there playing singles today, knowing how hard she worked the past 11 months, was truly special," said Steinberg. "This kid is tough as nails, and I am so proud of her for this long battle coming back to singles play."

In doubles, K-State had two new duos in the No. 2 and 3 positions. Bago and Panaite competed together for the first time this year, earning a 6-0 victory over Argenal and Schulte in the No. 2 position.

Cirnu, competing in dual match doubles for the first time this season, was paired with Juhasz in the No. 3 position where they defeated Linda Ammar Mouhoub and Marina Albert 6-3.

Next up, the Wildcats will reenter Big 12 play when they visit No. 13 Texas Tech on April 1 at McLeod Tennis Center.


Results

Singles
No. 1 Garcia Navas (K-State) def. Stavrianakou (UMKC) 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 Stretton (K-State) def. Johnson (UMKC) 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 Bago (K-State) def. Albert (UMKC) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)
No. 4 Cirnu (K-State) def. Argenal (UMKC) 7-5, 6-1
No. 5 Panaite (K-State) Ammar Mouhoub (UMKC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 Juhasz (K-State) def. Schulte (UMKC) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles
No. 1 Garcia Navas/Stretton (K-State) vs. Stavrianakou/Johnson (UMKC) 4-3, unfinished
No. 2 Panaite/Bago (K-State) def. Argenal/Schulte (UMKC) 6-0
No. 3 Juhasz/Cirnu (K-State) def. Ammar Mouhoub/Albert (UMKC) 6-3