Wildcats Ready to Play in ITA Regionals

Singles Draw

Doubles Draw

MANHATTAN, Kan. –  K-State women’s tennis will continue its season by sending four athletes to the ITA Central Regionals played at Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma, October 15-19.

Participating for the Wildcats will be Sara Castellano, Ana Garcia Navas, Iva Bago and Carolina Costamagna, with each athlete competing in both singles and doubles. Bago will be paired with Garcia Navas and Castellano with Costamagna for doubles in this significant tournament.

“The regional championship is probably the biggest and most important tournament we play in the fall, but that’s not the approach we want to take going into it,” explained Steinberg. “Every girl has her own goals to work on, and this tournament is just another great opportunity to get better and accomplish those individual goals.”

Castellano and Bago each have experience in the ITA Regionals. Castellano is competing for the third straight year, her first year with McNeese State in 2013 and last year reaching the semifinals before missing most of spring play due to injury. This year, the redshirt sophomore is 3-1 and finished third in her draw at the OU Invite.

Bago, who ended the SMU Fall Tournament with a win to help the team go 7-0 on the final day, will participate in the regionals for the first time since 2013 when she competed in doubles as a freshman.

Costamagna and Garcia Navas will be competing in the ITA Regionals for the first time in their careers. Costamagna, who assumed the number one spot for the Wildcats in duals during the latter half of the spring, did not compete in the fall season last year. Garcia Navas, meanwhile, has compiled a 3-1 record early in her collegiate career as the freshman ended the OU Invite with three straight victories. 

“The great thing about regionals is that every match you play is a quality match, which really forces us to focus and play complete matches from the first round,” said Steinberg. “I am excited to see all four play at the highest level; most of all I am anxious to see us compete and see continued improvement in our consistency in competing, fighting, and other mental tools we have been working on this fall.”

The team will also aim to gain some doubles chemistry, as this will be the first time that the four Wildcats compete with their doubles partners.

“We are going to mix up the doubles pairing once again, just to see different options,” Steinberg explained. “All four are great doubles players and we work with everyone on the same movements and doubles basics, so we do expect them to have a good showing, even if it’s the first time playing together.”

The winners of the 12 regional championships advance to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on November 12-15. The event will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.