Tennis splits weekend matches

Freshman Ana Garcia, returns the ball during practice on Oct. 7, 2015 at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. (File Photo by Nathan Jones | The Collegian)

K-State tennis came into the weekend with only one competition under their belt, while the opponent Friday had four already. It was not going to be an easy task to defeat Washington State.

The Wildcats fought hard but ended up losing 5-2 to the Cougars.

“I was definitely happy with the fighting attitude we showed today,” K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg said. “The season is so young and in some positions we are still learning how to play a dual match and how our game needs to look, but the willingness to outwork our opponent and the fighting mentality was there today and I am very pleased about that.”

K-State got swept in the doubles portion of the match with the Courgars. The Wildcats would then get individual wins from freshman Ana Garcia Navas, who won in three sets after losing the first one. Then the other victory would come to freshman Millie Stretton, who would win in straight sets to give K-State the two victories on the day.

K-State would then take on North Texas on Saturday, so they had a quick turnaround to get over the defeat suffered to Washington State.

Saturday would be a much better day for the Wildcats. They would go on and defeat the North Texas Mean Green by a score of 6-1.

The doubles were much improved from the day before and that pleased Steinberg.

“We asked all three doubles teams to make adjustments after yesterday, and they all responded very well,” Steinberg said. “This is probably the best doubles point we have played so far. The doubles point gave us a lot of energy and we carried it to the singles and everyone played their hearts out.”

In singles, the Wildcats would only suffer one defeat on the day. Junior Livia Cirnu won a three-set thriller with the last set ending up in a 10-7 victory after her and her opponent would split the first two sets.

Next up for K-State will be the first home match of the season on Friday, as they host former Big 12 foe the Colorado Buffaloes. First match will start at 2 p.m.