ESPN hosts last tennis tournament of fall

Sophomore Carolina Costamagna prepares to return the ball during a women's tennis practice on Oct. 7, 2015. (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

The Wildcat tennis team is heading to Florida to take part in the UTSA Clay Court Invitational, taking place Nov. 5-8.

Last time out, K-State put up a strong performance at the Drake Jamboree in Des Moines, Iowa. The Wildcats finished with a 6-3 record in singles and a 5-3 record in doubles.

Florida State and K-State are two of 17 teams that will be in attendance. Florida, Clemson, BYU, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and Georgia are a few of the other teams competing. The Wildcats will take two players to this tournament, sophomore Carolina Costamagna and freshman Ana Garcia Navas.

Navas is having a strong start to her freshman campaign, carrying a record of 5-2 so far this fall.

Costamagna isn’t off to a bad start herself; she holds a record of 5-6. Neither players attended the Drake Jamboree, but each will try to improve their records, as well as build on the Wildcats’ success from the tournament.

Singles play will begin Thursday starting at 8 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. Individual start times have not yet been announced.

This week’s tournament is hosted by Florida State at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, both of which are in Orlando, Florida. This will be the fourth straight year that Florida State hosts this tournament.

The tournament continues with the winners bracket and consolation games on Friday and Saturday. All finals will be on Sunday to determine the champions. You can watch the first round and championship round on ESPN3.

This will be the last event of the fall for the women’s tennis team.