Wildcats Swept by No. 35 Longhorns, 4-0


MANHATTAN, Kan. -- K-State women's tennis was swept for the first time this season on Sunday as it fell to No. 35 Texas, 4-0, at Body First Wellness and Recreation Center.

With the loss to the Longhorns (8-5, 1-1 Big 12), the Wildcats (7-7, 0-2 Big 12) dropped to 4-3 at home. All three defeats are at the hands of ranked opponents.

The match, the fifth straight against a ranked opponent for the Wildcats, started with a loss of the doubles point following a 6-4 decision at the No. 1 spot that clinched it. Freshmen Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton, competing at the top position for the second match in a row, made it close towards the end before falling to No. 13 Breaunna Addison and Danielle Wagland.

"We were right there in doubles but made some wrong choices at the wrong moments at the end, which cost us the match at No. 1 doubles," explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "We are definitely getting better in doubles play and this is the second time we were just a few points away from taking a big doubles point, which I believe will happen in the next couple of matches."

In the other finished doubles match, Maria Panaite and Palma Juhasz lost to Lana Groenvynck and Katie Poluta 6-1. Iva Bago and Carolina Costamagna's doubles match at the No. 2 spot was tied at 5-5 before it went unfinished.

In singles play, the Wildcats were forced to reshuffle their lineup as every player was at a new spot from last Monday's match against Wichita State.

"We are short a player, which forces everyone to move up and that is always tough," said Steinberg. "I thought the team fought, played hard and did a good job considering the circumstances."

Garcia Navas made her third appearance in the No. 1 position this season, dropping her match to No. 13 Addision 6-2, 6-3. The K-State freshman is now 2-1 at the No. 1 spot.

Costamagna moved back up to the No. 2 position, where she began the season, and lost to Neda Koprcina 6-2, 6-3. 

Competing in the No. 3 position for the first time this season, Stretton lost to Wagland 6-1, 6-2. The first-year player dropped to 10-3 in dual match singles on the season.

"We have a full week of practice and we will use it to push ourselves a little and get better before our Saturday doubleheader," explained Steinberg.

The Wildcats will resume play on March 26 as they compete in a doubleheader against Southern Illinois (8-8) and UMKC (5-9) at Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Missouri.


Results

Singles
No. 1 Addision (UT) def. Garcia Navas (K-State) 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 Koprcina (UT) def. Costamagna (K-State) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Wagland (UT) def. Stretton (K-State) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Bago (K-State) vs. Poluta (UT) 0-0, unfinished
No. 5 Cirnu (K-State) vs. Roldan (UT) scheduled, not played
No. 6 Panaite (K-State) vs. Groenvynck (UT) scheduled, not played

Doubles
No. 1 Addison/Wagland (UT) def. Garcia Navas/Stretton (K-State) 6-4
No. 2 Costamagna/Bago (K-State) vs. Koprcina/Roldan (UT) 5-5, unfinished
No. 3 Groenvynck/Poluta (UT) def. Panaite/Juhasz (K-State) 6-1