Wildcat tennis sweeps weekend dual

Junior Iva Bago takes her stance before her opponent's serve during a women's tennis practice on Oct. 7, 2015. (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

On Saturday, K-State swept the Air Force Falcons 7-0. The Wildcats dominated throughout the match, starting in doubles. K-State won the first two doubles matches to win the doubles point. In singles matches, K-State swept all six.

“It was our first outdoor match and it was good seeing the girls being able to adapt after practicing indoors all week,” head coach Danielle Steinberg said to K-State Sports. “It was good to see the girls be able to play indoors one day and outdoors the next day because that will be important going forward in the season.”

The No. 3 singles, sophomore Carolina Costamagna, and the No. 6 singles, junior Livia Cirnu, were the only ones who needed three sets to win their matches. Both won in a thrilling, high-scoring fashion. Costamagna and Cirnu both won their third sets 10-7.

“Air Force is a tough team,” Steinberg said to K-State Sports. “They are very feisty and were fired up early. I think they play a little non-conventional, and I thought we handled it very well. We were ready, and we knew what was coming. Everyone came out with a good attitude and had good footwork, so I am happy we took care of it.”

The victory improved the Wildcats’ record to 4-2.

On Sunday, the Wildcats built on the success they had on Saturday as they defeated Drake 7-0 to sweep the weekend.

K-State started the day off winning the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matches. The singles matches ended in the Wildcats’ favor — they won all six of them to finish off the weekend sweep.

Cirnu and No. 4 singles player junior Iva Bago went into three sets. Bago won the third set 11-9, while Cirnu won her’s with ease by a score of 6-0. The other four won in straight sets. The victory improved the Wildcats’ record to 5-2 on the season.

“Overall, I am very pleased with the weekend,” Steinberg said to K-State Sports. “We have a couple of days of practice, and then we head to a very tough weekend in New York City.”

The Wildcats will take on Memphis and Columbia in the Big Apple on Friday and Saturday.