Wildcats Take Doubles Point, Lose to No. 35 TCU

Final Results (PDF)

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Despite capturing the doubles point to take an early lead, K-State women's tennis was defeated, 4-1, at No. 35 TCU on Sunday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. 

The Wildcats (8-9, 0-4 Big 12) came out strong against the Horned Frogs (11-2, 3-0 Big 12), taking the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and 3 positions. The biggest win came via freshmen Ana Garcia Navas and Millie Stretton, who defeated No. 27 Sada Arantekin and Caroline Wegner 7-6 (6) in the No. 1 position. The win gives the freshmen their first victory over a ranked opponent as a pair.

Palma Juhasz and Livia Cirnu helped set up the doubles point victory by taking down Olaya Garrido-Rivas and Mia King 6-3 in the No. 3 position.

"We have been working on doubles a lot the past couple of weeks and it is paying off," explained K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "What I am most happy about is how disciplined we were in doubles and how we went for it when it really mattered. That did not happen earlier this season, so that is a major progress for our team."

In singles, K-State lost four straight matches in the No. 3-6 positions. Stretton and Iva Bago were able to force their matchups to three sets at the No. 3 and 4 positions, respectively, but the third and decisive set went the way of the Horned Frogs. Stretton lost to Wegner 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 while Bago fell to Garrido-Rivas 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Cirnu also dropped her singles match in three sets, losing to Aleksandra Zenovka 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 5 spot.

Panaite finished her second dual singles match of the season, losing to Alexis Pereira 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6. The junior is now 1-1 in dual match singles this season.

"This is a disappointing loss, but there is so much positive to take from today," said Steinberg. "We talked about making better choices in the big moments and executing better in those points, and the team responded extremely well and did a much better job at that today. Moreover, our fight and heart was there from the start to finish which I am very happy about."

The Wildcats continue play on the road on Friday as they visit Iowa State (13-4, 1-1 Big 12) in Ames before traveling to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers (6-8, 0-3 Big 12) on Sunday.

Results

Singles
No. 1 Garcia Navas (K-State) vs. Norris (TCU) 7-6 (10-8), 4-3 unfinished
No. 2 Costamagna (K-State) vs. Arantekin (TCU) 6-3, 3-6, 0-3 unfinished
No. 3 Wegner (TCU) def. Stretton (K-State) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
No. 4 Garrido-Rivas (TCU) def. Bago (K-State) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
No. 5 Zenovka (TCU) def. Cirnu (K-State) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 Pereira (TCU) def. Panaite (K-State) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles
No. 1 Garcia Navas/Stretton (K-State) def. No. 27 Arantekin/Wegner (TCU) 7-6 (6)
No. 2 Norris/Pereira (TCU) def. Costamagna/Bago (K-State) 6-4
No. 3 Juhasz/Cirnu (K-State) def. Garrido-Rivas/King (TCU) 6-3