Wildcats Lose to Oklahoma, 4-2, in Final Regular Season Match



MANHATTAN, Kan. -- K-State women's tennis captured the doubles point against Oklahoma on Sunday but the Sooners seized four singles matches to win the dual, 4-2, at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium to close out the regular season.

After taking the doubles point for the 10th time this season with wins by Palma Juhasz and Sara Castellano and Carolina Costamagna and Livia Cirnu, the Wildcats (10-13, 1-8 Big 12) captured their lone singles win by Cirnu. The Sooners (8-13, 3-6 Big 12), meanwhile, earned victories at the No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 positions.

Cirnu and Costamagna took down Melene Stripp and Mimi Fotopoulos 6-1 at No. 3 doubles shortly before Castellano and Juhasz polished off Simran Sethi and Chrisiana Brigante at the No. 2 position, 6-4, to take the doubles point. Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton were down 4-5 in a battle at the No. 1 spot with No. 70 Emma Divine and Lily Miyazaki before the match went unfinished.

In singles play, Garcia Navas lost in the No. 2 position to Emma Divine 6-3, 6-4 and Iva Bago dropped her match 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 5 spot to Brigante. 

With K-State down 2-1, Cirnu evened the overall match by defeating Stripp 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 6 position. The junior improved to 13-5 in dual matches this season with an 8-3 record in the No. 6 position.

Despite K-State knotting it up, Castellano would fall to Miyazaki in the No. 1 position 6-3, 6-3 and then Stretton lost to Fotopoulos at the No. 3 spot 6-2, 6-4 to secure the win for the Sooners. Costamagna's match against Simran Sethi in the No. 4 position went unfinished with her leading 7-6 (5), 4-1.

Next, the Wildcats will head to Stillwater, Oklahoma to compete in the Big 12 tournament starting on April 28.

Results

Singles
No. 1 Miyazaki (OU) def. Castellano (K-State) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Devine (OU) def. Garcia Navas (K-State) 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Fotopoulos (OU) def. Stretton (K-State) 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Costamagna (K-State) vs. Sethi (OU) 7-6 (5), 4-1, unfinished
No. 5 Brigante (OU) def. Bago (K-State) 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 Cirnu (K-State) def. Stripp (OU) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles
No. 1 Garcia Navas/Stretton (K-State) vs. No. 70 Divine/Miyazaki (OU) 4-5, unfinished
No. 2  Castellano/juhasz (K-State) def. Sethi/Brigante (OU) 6-4
No. 3 Costamagna/Cirnu (K-State) def. Stripp/Fotopoulos 6-1