Wildcats Fall to Oklahoma State, 4-0, in Second Match of Doubleheader


MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Facing its second opponent of the day and tenth ranked opponent of the season, K-State women's tennis lost to No. 14 Oklahoma State, 4-0, at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.

After dropping the doubles point to the Cowgirls (20-4, 8-0 Big 12), Ana Garcia Navas and Carolina Costamagna dropped back-to-back matches against ranked opponents. 

Competing in the No. 3 position, Costamagna lost to No. 63 Viktoriya Lushkova 6-1, 6-0 shortly before Garcia Navas fell 6-4, 6-2 to No. 44 Vladica Babic in the No. 2 position.

In the No. 1 position, Sara Castellano was in a tough match with No. 46 Katarina Adamovic, forcing a tiebreaker in the second set while Livia Cirnu forced a third set with Maria Alvarez at No. 6. Millie Stretton was tied 3-3 with Kelsey Laurente in the second set after losing in a tiebreaker in the first set 7-6 (5). All three matches would go unfinished as Iva Bago fell to Carla Tur Mari in the No. 5 spot 6-4, 6-3 to seal the win for the Cowgirls.

"I am happy with our singles play," said K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "Oklahoma State played better than us in a few positions, but overall I felt like we played a good singles match top to bottom and kept the improvement that we have been seeing the past few weeks."

In doubles play, all three matchups featured ranked duos for the Cowgirls. At No. 3, Cirnu and Costamagna lost to No. 63 Adamovic and Babic 6-1 just before Garcia Navas and Stretton fell to No. 40 Alvarez and Laurente by the same score in the No. 1 position to give Oklahoma State the doubles point.

Palma Juhasz and Castellano were tied 3-3 at the No. 2 position with No. 50 Lushkova and Tur Mari before the match went unfinished. 

"Oklahoma State took care of the basics very well in doubles," explained Steinberg. "Sara and Palma did a great job playing aggressive and making the right adjustments from the morning match."

The win gave Oklahoma State the Big 12 title outright. The Wildcats, meanwhile, close out the regular season on Sunday at home against Oklahoma.

"Sunday is a big match for us, hosting Oklahoma, and I am excited about it. I think we are physically ready, we have been playing well, and we just need to come out, play aggressive and take it."

The Wildcats host the Sooners (7-12, 2-5 Big 12) at 11 a.m. at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.

Results

Singles
No. 1 Castellano (K-State) vs. No. 46 Adamovic (OSU) 1-6, 6-6, unfinished
No. 2 No. 44 Babic (OSU) def. Garcia Navas (K-State) 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 No. 63 Lushkova (OSU) def. Costamagna (K-State) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Stretton (K-State) vs. Laurente (OSU) 6-7 (5), 3-3, unfinished
No. 5 Tur Mari (OSU) def. Bago (K-State) 6-4, 6-3
No. 6 Cirnu (K-State) vs. Alvarez (OSU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, unfinished

Doubles
No. 1 No. 40 Alvarez/Laurente (OSU) def. Garcia Navas/Stretton (K-State) 6-1
No. 2  Castellano/juhasz (K-State) vs. No. 50 Lushkova/Tur Mari (OSU) 3-3, unfinished
No. 3 No. 63 Adamovic/Babic (OSU) def. Costamagna/Cirnu (K-State) 6-1