Wildcats Set to Compete in SMU Fall Tournament

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MANHATTAN, Kan. –
K-State women’s tennis continues its fall season by participating in the SMU Fall Invite this weekend, October 9-11, in Dallas, Texas.

The Wildcats go into the tournament looking to improve upon their accomplishments from the OU Invite a couple of weeks ago. After watching three days of live action, head coach Danielle Steinberg now knows what the team needs to focus on.

“We played a lot of tennis [at OU Invite], which was great because it really exposed what we need to work on more, and what our current individual strengths are,” explained Steinberg. “I think every girl has a different goal and things she needs to work on for this coming weekend. We are still a little rusty in terms of match play, so as a team goal, I think everyone needs to improve their mental stamina in terms of staying tough and focused throughout a full match and tournament weekend.”

Competing for the Wildcats this weekend will be Iva Bago, Livia Cirnu, Maria Panaite, Millie Stretton, Riley Nizzi and Carolina Costamagna. Both Panaite and Stretton, in her first collegiate action, earned a pair of wins during the OU Invite.

While it has been a couple weeks since their last competition, Steinberg has emphasized a few points for the Wildcats entering the weekend.

“Mental awareness of where we are in the match, the pace we play at, our focus level- those are all things we’ve been working on in practice,” Steinberg said. “This upcoming tournament is a great opportunity to implement these tools.”

Coach Steinberg will also utilize this tournament to find doubles combinations that work well together. Bago and Costamagna is one combination she may have already found after they went 3-1 at the OU Invite.

“Iva and Caro did really well at the OU Invite,” said Steinberg. “We are mostly happy with their high-energy level together. Now that we know that these two can work well together, we are probably going to mix up the pairing this weekend. We still need to find three combinations that will work for the spring, so we will keep using the fall tournaments to explore our options and find that best fit. We started working on doubles a little more in practice, so I am expecting to see some improvements in our doubles play.”

Also competing in the SMU Fall Tournament will be SMU, Arkansas, Rice, TCU, UTEP, Louisiana Tech, Northwestern State, Abilene Christian, UTA and Midwestern State.

Following play in Dallas, the Wildcats will send Bago, Costamagna, Sara Castellano and Ana Garcia Navas to the ITA Regional Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma at Greenwood Tennis Center October 15-18.