Wildcats Post Strong Day at SDSU Fall Classic

Day 2 Results (PDF)

SAN DIEGO – The doubles pair of Carolina Costamagna and Palma Juhasz while Ana Garcia Navas (singles) each advanced to the championship round in their respective brackets to headline the Kansas State women’s tennis team’s play at the San Diego State Fall Tennis Classic Saturday at the Aztec Tennis Center.

Along with Garcia Navas, Costamagna and Juhasz also picked up singles victories for the Wildcats. The doubles duo of Garcia Navas and Maria Panaite picked up a win to round out the K-State victories on the second day of the three-day tournament.

“We did better today on most courts in singles,” said head coach Danielle Steinberg. “Both Palma [Juhasz] and Carolina [Costamagna] were able to make adjustments from yesterday and play a more complete match today. Ana [Garcia Navas] did not play her best tennis, but was still able to win convincingly. That’s a mark of a good player and a winner.”

Garcia Navas defeated UCI’s Ashlynn Hall in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, to earn a date with SDSU’s Kennedy Davis in Sunday’s White bracket final.

Costamagna and Juhasz eased past the San Diego State team of Mia Smith and Alli Valk, 6-1, to earn a berth in the championship match of the Black bracket. The junior Costamagna and senior Juhasz will meet North Texas’ Maria Kononova and Alexandra Heczey Sunday.

Also in the doubles Black bracket, Garcia Navas and Panaite defeated Cassidy Branstine and Jackie Tsodikova of UC Irvine. Garcia Navas/Panaite will play in the bracket’s consolation final tomorrow against the Arizona pair of Camila Wesbrooks and Paris Corley.

Costamagna will play in tomorrow’s Red bracket consolation final after a 6-3, 6-1 win over UC Irvine’s Ariana Tilbury. Costamagna will face another Anteater in Constance Branstine Sunday.

Juhasz will also play in a singles consolation final, getting past Elena Schneider of Arizona, 6-1, 6-1, in the Gold bracket.

With wins Friday, Wildcat teammates Iva Bago and Livia Cirnu advanced to the semifinal round of the singles Silver bracket. Sunday, they will square off in the third-place match after each falling in three sets Saturday.

Bago and Cirnu will play together as a doubles pair in the third-place match of the doubles Red bracket. Bago/Cirnu will face off with Arizona’s Sophia Thomas and Elena Schneider.

After not playing Friday due to illness, Millie Stretton defeated Berta Acero of San Diego State, 8-2.

“I was happy to see Millie back on the court and playing a very clean and efficient match,” Steinberg added. “She had a very strong couple of months of practice and it’s nice to see things come together for her.”

The final day of the three-day, five-team tournament will begin with doubles play at 11 a.m. CT, followed by the conclusion of singles play beginning at Noon CT.