Wildcats Rally From 3-0 Deficit, Beat Colorado

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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- After losing the doubles point in a tiebreaker as well as dropping the first two singles matches, K-State women's tennis erased a 3-0 deficit and came back to beat Colorado, 4-3, on Friday at Body First Wellness and Recreation Center.

K-State (3-1) rallied behind sophomore Carolina Costamagna's three-set win in the No. 3 position to situate itself for the comeback win over Colorado (3-3). Costamagna prevailed in a 7-5 tiebreaker in the third set before Iva Bago and Livia Cirnu evened it at 3-all with their respective victories. Freshman Millie Stretton was then left to clinch the match for the Wildcats as she took down Colorado's Alex Aiello 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

"Today was tough, it was such a roller coaster," said K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "For the girls to be able to close this match and for Millie (Stretton), a freshman, to be able to clinch it knowing that everything was on the line was huge for us."

Stretton stretched her winning streak to six as she has also won eight of her last 10 singles matches. The Edinburgh, Scotland native is 4-0 in duals singles this year.

"Millie has huge weapons that other girls do not have," explained Steinberg. "When the match is tight, when it comes to it, she has those tools that she can bring."

The Wildcats fell behind the Buffaloes early, splitting the first two doubles matches before watching their No. 1 pair, Costamagna and Stretton, go down in a 7-6 (7-0) result to Colorado's Tina Bokhua and Nuria Ormeno Ruiz to decide the doubles point. Then, its top two positions, Sara Castellano and Ana Garcia Navas, fell in successive order to put the Wildcats in a 3-0 hole. The loss for Garcia Navas, in which she lost an 8-6 tiebreaker after forcing a third set, was her first in duals singles this year.

With K-State facing its second loss to a Pac-12 opponent in as many weekends, Costamagna steadied the Wildcats by fighting off Jeannez Daniel in three sets. The two sides traded the first two sets and went to a tiebreaker in the third before Costamagna sealed up her third singles win this spring.

Livia Cirnu, competing in the No. 5 position, finished fourth by beating Kyra Wojcik in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. It was just one of the two singles matches to finish in straight sets.

In the No. 4 position, Bago got out to a fast start taking the first set 6-0 against Annabelle Andrinopoulos. The junior dropped the second set 7-5 before taking the match with a 6-3 third set victory.

The lone K-State doubles victory on the day came from partners Garcia Navas and Bago as they took down Daniel and Andrinopolous 6-1. The duo improved to 3-1 this spring.

The win avenged K-State's 4-0 loss to Colorado last year in Boulder while also giving them their best four-match start since 2014 (3-1).

"I think this was huge for our team to know that we can win close matches because this was an issue in the past," said Steinberg. "Today there were so many three-setters, and we were able to close them. This is a team that we lost 4-0 to last year. For me personally, it is great to see the progress and the girls competing."

K-State returns to the court on Wednesday, February 10 when it takes on another former Big 12 foe, Missouri, in a road match.


Results

Singles
No. 1 Bokhua (CU) def. Castellano (KSU) 6-4, 6-0
No. 2 Ormeno Ruiz (CU) def. Garcia Navas (KSU) 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6)
No. 3 Costamagna (KSU) def. Daniel 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)
No. 4. Bago (KSU) def. Andrinopoulos (CU) 6-0, 5-7, 6-3
No. 5 Cirnu (KSU) def. Wojcik (CU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Stretton (KSU) def. Aiello (CU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Doubles
No. 1 Bokhua/Ormeno Ruiz (CU) def. Costamagna/Stretton (KSU) 7-6 (7-0)
No. 2 Garcia Navas/Bago (KSU) def. Daniel/Andrinopoulos (CU) 6-1
No. 3 Aiello/Beck (CU) def. Castellano/Panaite (KSU) 6-2