Wildcats Set to Renew Rivalry with Missouri

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- After hosting and winning its first home match of the year, K-State women's tennis will return to the road to play Missouri at Green Tennis Center on Wednesday.

The Wildcats (3-1) lead the all-time series 24-10 against Missouri (6-0) and are 11-5 when facing the Tigers on the road.

The 3-1 start by K-State is its best start since the 2014 season when it went 5-1. 

"We are coming off a great weekend and a great team effort against Colorado," explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "I am hoping we will use the momentum and come out strong and confident against Missouri. Mizzou is a solid team, very comparable to us. They play great doubles so we know we need to come out with a lot of energy and really take care of the basics in doubles."

The Tigers are led by doubles partners Kelli Hine and Bea Machado Santos who are 6-0 on the year and ranked No. 54 in the nation.

Hine, ranked No. 20 in the Oracle/ITA Division I Women's Central Regional Singles, and Machado Santos also lead Missouri on an individual level, combining for a 12-0 record in dual matches this season.

For the Wildcats, Millie Stretton has won eight of her last 10 singles matches, including a current team-high six match win streak (4-0 in duals). The freshman also won the clinching match against Colorado to help the Wildcats rally to come out victorious, 4-3. The Scotland native also plays No. 1 doubles with Carolina Costamagna and the pair is 2-2 in dual match doubles.

Costamagna was the one who started the come-from-behind effort for K-State against the Buffaloes, winning in the No. 3 singles position. After falling behind early in the contest, the sophomore battled out a three-set win, using a tiebreaker in the third, to improve her dual match record to 3-1 on the year. 

Iva Bago and Livia Cirnu followed suit, each taking their respective matches to help tie the dual at three apiece before leaving it up to Stretton, who earned the winning point for the Wildcats.

"The team is looking good in practice and we are looking better every match we play, "said Steinberg. "As always, Wednesday is going to be about who is willing to work harder and be more disciplined with their game plan."

Following its trip to Columbia, K-State will have 10 days off before hosting back-to-back matches against Air Force and Drake on February 20 and 21.