Wildcats Pick Up Eight Wins on Second Day of ITA Regional Championship

MINNEAPOLIS – On the second day of the ITA Regional Championship, the K-State women’s tennis team totaled eight victories, including all three doubles teams moving into the next round.

“Today was another long day for us,” said head coach Danielle Steinberg. "Spending over 12 hours in the facility, each girl playing 3 high level matches. These are the things that will make us tougher down the road. I think overall we performed well today, even in the matches we lost. We had some tough matches in singles, but we all competed hard and some of us played the best tennis so far this fall."

Doubles competition kicked off Friday’s action. The Wildcat duo of Ana Garcia Navas/Millie Stretton defeated Karnyna Bihel/Maja Vujic of Minnesota 8-5. They will play Iowa State’s Samantha Budai/Maty Cancini Saturday morning.

Also winning for K-State was the team of Iva Bago and Livia Cirnu. The senior duo beat St. Louis’s Ally McKenzie/Cassie McKenzie, 8-2. They advance to take on Mia Jurasic/Ana Oparenovic of Arkansas.

Duo of Carolina Costamagna/Palma Juhasz were also victorious Friday beating Yana Grechkina/Melinda Johnson of UMKC, 8-2. Costamagna/Juhasz will face off against Tulsa’s MahithaDadireddy/Vera Ploner.

“Doubles was excellent this morning, across the board. We had high energy and executed our game plan well,” said Steinberg. 

In singles completion, Garcia Navas and Costamagna advanced to the round of 32 Friday for back-to-back years. Garcia Navas beat Iowa State’s Maria Espindola, 6-2, 6-3.  Costamagna defeated Ally McKenzie of St. Louis, 6-1, 6-4. Also picking up a singles win Friday was Iva Bago. Bago defeated Arkansas’s Jurasic, 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-0. All three would fall in the round of 32.

On the consolation side, Livia Cirnu came out victorious twice Friday. First, she defeated Nanette Nylund of South Dakota, 6-4, 6-2. Then, she knocked off Janelle Wilson of Nebraska-Omaha, 6-4, 6-4. Cirnu will face Malene Stripp of Oklahoma Saturday.

 "We need to recover tonight and get ready for high level and high energy doubles tomorrow morning,” continued Steinberg. 

The K-State women’s tennis team will continue its play at the ITA Regional Championship Saturday morning. Doubles play will begin at 9 a.m. and singles will follow.