K-State tennis team falls to the University of Houston

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Senior Iva Bago hits a tennis ball at K-State's match against Missouri at the K-State Recreation Tennis Courts on Feb. 10, 2017. (File Photo by John Benfer | The Collegian)

The Kansas State tennis team could not manage to pull out a victory against the University of Houston on Friday, losing 4-2.

The Wildcats now fall into a two-game losing streak, the first one since the beginning of the season and bringing them to a 7-5 record.

Doubles competition was not the problem for K-State in the loss, as they took two of the three matches.

The dynamic duo pair of sophomores Millie Stretton/Ana Garcia Navas picked up the first victory of the day for the Wildcats, beating Houston’s freshmen Constanden Nicolaou/Cristina Rovira 7-5. Seniors Iva Bago/Livia Cirnu also got it done on the doubles side of the equation, winning 7-6, 7-4.

K-State struggled to find a groove in singles play. Cirnu, however, got the singles competition off on the right foot, taking down junior Ana Glumac 6-4 and 6-2. Cirnu has won three straight and has been solid holding down the No. 6 spot this season at 5-1.

The Wildcats fell into a bad slump following Cirnu, losing the next four matches, all of which were three-set matches.


Stretton picked up her second-consecutive loss, falling to the Cougars’ junior Sveva Mazzari in a three-set match, 6-1, 7-6, 8-6.

Junior Carolina Costamagna was in the same boat, falling for the second time in-a-row, this time to freshman Tsveta Dimitrova 7-6, 7-2, 6-2.

The Cougars’ freshman Cristina Rovira snapped a four-match win streak for the K-State freshman star Ines Mesquita, beating Mesquita 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Garcia Navas was also defeated in a three-set match and senior Maria Panaite’s match was unfinished.

The Wildcats will hope to get back to their winning ways after a week-long break. The
Wildcats will welcome Nebraska-Omaha to the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium on March 10 with action hitting off at 10 a.m.

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