Wildcats Ready to Compete in SDSU Fall Classic

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women’s tennis team is set to play in its final fall tournament at the San Diego State Fall Classic, November 11-13.

 “Our fall was structured a bit differently this year,” said head coach Danielle Steinberg. “We played few tournaments back to back, and then we had a three-week training period before heading to this final fall tournament. The purpose behind this was twofold: first, we wanted to compete a little later in the fall than we normally do, and second, we wanted time to build a strong base going into the spring season. “

 After three straight tournaments, the Wildcats were able to practice hard for three straight weeks.

 “Off season training without competing every weekend is not easy. But it teaches us to really focus on the process and focus on getting better each day, instead of only looking at our results. One of our goals for the fall was to get a little tougher, and I think those three weeks really helped some of us to achieve this goal,” said Steinberg.”

 In action this weekend are seniors Iva Bago, Livia Cirnu, Palma Juhasz and Maria Panaite. Also competing for K-State will be junior Carolina Costamagna and sophomores Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton.

 “It’s been a while since we competed, but I think we are looking better than we did at regionals, and I am expecting the team to do very well and play their best tournament of the fall in San Diego,” explained Steinberg.

 Other teams participating in the tournament include North Texas, UC Irvine, University of Arizona, and San Diego State.

 Competition will begin at 9 a.m. PST (11 p.m. CST). The SDSU Fall Classic will wrap up K-State’s fall season. The Wildcats will go into off-season until play resumes in late January.

 SDSU FALL Classic

Singles: Friday 10 a.m.

Millie Stretton (K-State) vs. Paola Diaz (SDSU)

Ana Garcia-Navas (K-State) vs. Alexandra Heezey (UNT)

Palma Juhasz (K-State) vs. Laura Archiniegas (UNT)

Maria Panaite (K-State) vs. Kennedy Davis (SDSU)

Livia Cirnu (K-State) vs. Berta Acero (SDSU)

Iva Bago (K-State) vs. Elena Schneider (ARIZ)

Carolina Costamagna (K-State) vs. Camila Westbrooks (ARIZ)

Doubles: Friday 9 a.m.

Bago/Cirnu (K-State) vs. Davis/Diaz (SDSU)

Costamagna/Juhasz(K-State) vs. Thoma/Babic (UNT)

Garcia-Navas/Stretton (K-State) vs. Kononova/Heczey (UNT)