Wildcats Ready to Compete in the SMU Invite

MANHATTAN, Kan- The K-State women’s tennis team continues its fall season by heading to Dallas, Texas, to compete in the SMU Invite, October 7-9. Fourteen schools, including K-State, will compete in the invitational tournament.

The Wildcats are looking to build off their strong play at the OU Invite this past weekend, which included a 20-10 overall record and two doubles championships. With one tournament in the books, head coach Danielle Steinberg is looking to improve early in the year.

“We had a good first tournament last weekend,” said Steinberg. “I think for us coaches, the best thing about competing is that it exposes what we need to focus on in practice, and last weekend did just that. We only had two days of practice this week before we headed out to Dallas, but hopefully we were able to get just a little better in those days.”

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. Each player hopes to build off their accomplishments from last weekend and to continue getting better as the season progresses.

“Our focus for SMU is the same as for the entire fall,” explained Steinberg. “Focus on the process of getting better each day and match, and learning how to get just a little more out of ourselves every day. We should get a lot of good matches at SMU, which is exactly what we need in order to push ourselves, as well as prepare us for the regional championship the following weekend."

 Also competing this weekend in Dallas include Abilene Christian, Air Force, Gonzaga, Houston, Incarnate Word, Louisiana-Monroe, Marquette, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, SMU, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UT-Arlington and UT-San Antonio. 

Following the SMU Invite, the Wildcats will head to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the ITA Regional Championships, October 13-17.  

SMU Invite Oct 7-9

 Doubles Draw (11 AM)

Millie Stretton/Ana Garcia Navas (K-State) vs. Atsrid Gehre/Jessica Birowski (UTA)

Palma Juhasz/Carolina Costamagna (K-State) vs. Domonique Garley/Kate Ketels (Gonzaga)

Livia Cirnu/Maria Panaite (K-State) vs. Ema Barkovic/Mila Milanovic (SHSU)

Singles Draw 

Carolina Costamagna (K-State) vs. Elizabeth Buss (Unattached)

Millie Stetton (K-State) vs. Fabienne Gettwart (SHSU)

Livia Cinru (K-State) vs. Erin Walker (ACU)

Maria Panaite (K-State) vs. Whitney Williams (ACU)

Iva Bago (K-State) vs. Vladislav Litvinova (NSU)