K-State tennis looks to pick up a pair of wins in return to California

Junior Amina St. Hill returns a ball during a match against Wichita State on Mar. 9, 2014 at Body FIrst Tennis and Fitness Center. (Emily DeSazer | The Collegian)

No. 66 K-State women’s tennis looks to rebound after a tough weekend in Colorado, where they lost their second and third-straight matches, with a pair of matches in California this weekend against San Francisco and Fresno State.

The Wildcats (2-3) will look to the leadership and consistency of lone senior Amina St. Hill and sophomore Iva Bago this weekend to snap the three-match skid. St. Hill, stepping in at the No. 5 singles, comes into this weekend winning nine of her last 10 and five-consecutive matches.

Bago, a native of Croatia, looks to clinch her team-leading 11th win of the season and match her season win total from last year. Both St. Hill and Bago carry a record of 10-6.

K-State will meet San Francisco (2-1) for this first time this weekend. All-time against West Coast Conference teams, the Wildcats are 4-18. The Dons are led by No. 49-ranked Andrea Ka.

Fresno State, on the other hand, is more familiar territory for K-State. The Wildcats were able to pull off a 4-2 victory in Manhattan last season over the Bulldogs, but hold just a 2-4 all-time record against the West Coast foe. Fresno State will bring the talents of No. 47-ranked Sophie Watts to challenge K-State.

The Wildcats are 9-17 all-time against teams from the Mountain West Conference.

It is yet to be determined whether or not sophomore Sara Castellano will be in action this weekend for K-State. The transfer from McNeese State has missed the majority of the last two tournaments due to injury. Castellano holds a 9-5 record this season.

Following the Wildcats second stint in California, the team will head home to Manhattan and will host three-straight matches at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.