K-State tennis team to compete in ITA Regionals starting Thursday

Senior Iva Bago prepares to serve 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 Media Group)

The Kansas State tennis team will travel to Lawrence to compete at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regionals Thursday through Sunday.

At the Wake Forest Invitational last weekend, Kansas State finished 8-1 in doubles play, with three first-place finishes. Head coach Danielle Steinberg said he was impressed with the results of the tournament.

“I think we had a lot of ups and downs throughout the weekend,” Steinberg said to K-State Sports. “We got a lot of wins on the doubles court, which I am pleased with considering we did not have much time to work on doubles yet. We know we have the potential to be a very strong doubles team in few months if we perfect the fundamentals during the fall.”

Senior Carolina Costamagna won two straight sets over Teodora Sevo from Appalachian State 6-1 and 6-4. Costamagna moves to 4-2 in singles play on the season after finishing the weekend in third place.

In the B1 singles bracket, sophomore Ines Mesquita placed first. On the season, Mesquita is 6-0 in singles competition.

“In singles, you could see the growth we made from the first to the third match on certain courts,” Steinberg said to K-State Sports. “Fall tournaments are challenging because we don’t back away in practice during the week, and then go out and compete all weekend. There are a few things we need to work on as a team, and we will focus on that throughout the fall, but overall we are very encouraged and excited to see what this team can do.”

In the B doubles bracket, freshmen Anna Turco and Rosanna Maffei gave K-State a first-place finish 8-3 against Raven Neely and Ariana Rodriguez from Louisville.

At the Mizzou Invitational during the weekend of Sept. 21, Turco defeated Fatima Bizhukoba from Wichita State 6-4 and 6-4 in singles competition on day one. In doubles, Costamagna and Turco won 6-3 over Hanna Sohn and Lina Hohnold of Memphis, while sophomore Meghan King and Mesquita beat Laura Bente and Katherine Cao from Memphis.

During day two of doubles competition, Costamagna and Turco won over No. 32 Amina Ismail and Marta Oliveira of the University of Missouri 6-4. Meghan King and Ines Mesquita took the loss from Serena Nash and Ellie Wright of Missouri 6-4.

The next tournament for the Wildcats after visiting Lawrence will be in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for the UNC Invitational Nov. 3-5.

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