Wildcats Win Two Doubles Championships at OU Invite

NORMAN, Okla. - The Kansas State women's tennis team earned multiple victories during the second day of the Oklahoma Invitational Saturday, highlighted by two doubles championships. Throughout the tournament K-State’s doubles record was a tournament best 8-1.

Sophomore team of Millie Stretton and Ana Garcia Navas took the championship match in the Flight 1 doubles final beating Tanaporn Thongsing and Ting-Ya Hsu of Wichita State (6-4).

In Flight 2, K-State's tandem of Carolina Costamagna and Palma Juhasz also won their championship match with the win over Mahitha Dadireddy and Vera Ploner of Tulsa (6-4).

In the doubles round robin, the team of Maria Paniate and Iva Bago fell to the SMU duo Macie Elliot and Sara Jamal in their respective championship, after going 2-0 a day before. Wildcats finished the tournament 8-1 in doubles matches, well above the rest of the field with Tulsa coming in second at 5-4.

“I was very pleased with our doubles yesterday and today,” said Coach Steinberg. “Regardless of the wins, our attitude was great, we started every match with high energy, and we followed instructions very well. When we show up like that, the wins follow.”

Along with her doubles championship, Garcia Navas also picked up two wins in singles Saturday. Defeating Barbic of North Texas (6-1, 6-2) in the Flight 1 consolation quarterfinals. She was also victorious in the semifinals over Hsu of Wichita State (6-4,6-4). She advanced to the consolation final on Sunday against Ana Perez of SMU. Also in Flight 1, Millie Stretton picked up a victory over Stripp of OU in three sets (6-2, 2-6, 6-3).

Coach Steinberg explained, “Today was a better day in singles for us. The fall is all about learning how to problem solve and how to compete and we definitely improved on those things from yesterday.”

The Wildcats will wrap up play at the OU Invitational Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.