Wildcats Fall to Oklahoma State, 4-0, in Quarterfinals of Big 12 Championship


STILLWATER, Okla. -- Facing Oklahoma State for the second time in seven days, K-State women's tennis was swept by the top-seeded Cowgirls, 4-0, on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Women's Tennis Championship at the Greenwood Tennis Center.

After winning their first round matchup against No. 8 Iowa State on Thursday, the No. 9 Wildcats (11-14) lost four singles matches to the No. 1 Cowgirls (22-4). Due to the weather affecting the playing conditions, singles were played before doubles.

"Conditions were tough today, playing singles first, not knowing if we are indoors or outdoors, and having to go indoors mid-match," explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "I think the team handled it tremendously and stayed focused throughout the day. Today showed me how much we matured this year. We are a young team and I do not know if we would have been able to handle this situation a few months ago."

Carolina Costamagna was the first to fall, losing to No. 66 Viktoriya Lushkova 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 3 position while Millie Stretton would lose shortly after to Kelsey Laurente in the No. 4 spot, 6-3, 6-1.

At No. 6, Livia Cirnu dropped a tough first set, 7-5, to Carla Tur Mari before losing the match with a 6-1 loss in the second set. Ana Garcia Navas forced a tiebreaker in the second set against No. 45 Vladica Babic at the No. 2 position, but would lose 6-3, 7-6 (6) to clinch the match for the Cowgirls. Sara Castellano, who won her first set against No. 47 Katarina Adamovic at the No. 1 spot, and Iva Bago had their matches go unfinished.

"We played singles tough, one through six," said Steinberg. "We tell the girls that we will always be happy with them if they give everything they have out there, and that is exactly what they did today. We are lacking a bit of experience in those big moments and big matches, but we are already doing so much better at playing the big point than we did a few months ago, so I am positive it is just a matter of time for us to win those tight sets or tiebreakers and win this big matches."

The Wildcats finish the season with the most wins since the 2011 season and won a first round match in the Big 12 Championship for the second year in a row.

"This has been a great year for the program," explained Steinberg. "We are moving in the right direction, and I know the future is bright for K-State tennis."


Results

Singles
No. 1 Castellano (K-State) vs. No. 47 Adamovic (OSU) 7-5, 2-5, unfinished
No. 2 No. 45 Babic (OSU) def. Garcia Navas (K-State) 6-3, 7-6 (6)
No. 3 No. 66 Lushkova (OSU) def. Costamagna (K-State) 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 Laurente (OSU) def. Stretton (K-State) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 Bago (K-State) vs. Stresnakova (OSU) 6-7, 3-2, unfinished
No. 6 Tur Mari (OSU) def. Cirnu (K-State) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles
No. 1 Garcia Navas/Stretton (K-State) vs. No. 42 Alvarez/Laurente (OSU) DNP
No. 2  Castellano/Juhasz (K-State) vs. No. 60 Lushkova/Tur Mari (OSU) DNP
No. 3 Costamagna/Cirnu (K-State) vs. No. 71 Adamovic/Babic (OSU) DNP