Wildcats Wrap Up Play at ITA Regional Championship

MINNEAPOLIS-  The K-State women’s tennis team wrapped up its play at the ITA Regional Championship Saturday. Two doubles team advanced to round of 16 to lead the Wildcats while three more individual victories capped off the tournament. 


“Overall it was a good tournament for us,” said head coach Danielle Steinberg. “I think the conditions (playing early and playing many matches) challenged us a bit, but I liked how we responded to it. Like we always say, the fall is all about getting tougher and learning how to compete at a high-level.”


The doubles team of Ana Garcia Navas/Millie Stretton picked up a win against Iowa State’s Samantha Budai/ Maty Cancini, 8-4. Also winning in doubles for the Wildcats was the duo of Carolina Costamagna/Palma Juhasz. The two seniors defeated Mahitha Dadireddy/Vera Ploner of Tulsa, 8-6. Both Wildcat teams would fall in the following round, making it to the final 16.


“Round of 32 doubles was great. Iva (Bago) and Livia (Cirnu) came just short, but they played high-level doubles with great energy against a strong Arkansas team. In the round of 16, both teams had their chances but we could not convert. When we get to those tough top matches, we have to play aggressive and without any hesitation, and we could not do that today on those two courts,” said Steinberg.


Senior Maria Panaite was able to pick up an individual win Saturday for K-State. She defeated Anastasia Reimchen of Iowa, 6-3, 6-3. 


Also picking up individual wins for the Wildcats were Stretton and Costamagna. Stretton defeated Amina Ismail of Missouri, 6-1, 6-2. While Costamagna beat Missouri’s Tate Schroeder, 6-2, 6-0. Costamagna finished with five total wins in the tournament to lead K-State. 


“All of us are not even near our best tennis shape right now, but we still had a strong showing across the board, which is very encouraging moving forward,” explained Steinberg.


“We are going into our pre-season mode again for the next three weeks, before we head out to our final fall tournament. Now will really be the time to push and make progress with each player,” continued Steinberg. 


After some time off, K-State will finish its fall season at the San Diego State Fall Classic from November 11-15.