March 8, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 58 Kansas State entered Saturday afternoon’s match at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center with a four-match losing streak in tow, but the Wildcats snapped that skid with a 4-3 upset win over No. 32 Wichita State. This was K-State’s fifth straight home win this season and the seventh straight dating back to the final two home matches of the 2013 season.
The Wildcats (6-5) registered the first point of the afternoon by winning the doubles point for the first time since Feb. 22. The number one combination of Petra Niedermayerova and Amina St. Hill tallied an 8-5 win over Lucia Kovalova and Veronika Blaskova. The tandem of Niedermayerova and St. Hill are 5-1 this season.
K-State secured the doubles point at the number two position, as Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago tallied an 8-7 (7-5) win over Montse Blasco Fernandez and Rebecca Pedrazzi. Juhasz and Bago have now won three straight matches when paired together and are 5-2 this season.
In singles, Niedermayerova, ranked No. 82 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national singles rankings, made quick work of Julia Schiller, 6-3, 6-0, to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. Niedermayerova has now won 11 of her last 13 singles matches. She owns a 17-5 overall record this season, including an 8-1 mark in dual match play. With her straight set win on Saturday, Niedermayerova now owns a career mark of 80-21 in straight set matches including a 15-2 record this season.
Niedermayerova, a two-time ITA All-American and three-time All-Big 12 singles selection, improved her school record for career singles wins 97-38 (.719). Her career singles winning percentage of .719 ranks second in program history.
After Wichita State (8-5) registered a three-set win at number two singles, K-State responded with a three-set win of its own at number three singles. Freshman Livia Cirnu carded come from behind 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win over Lovalova. The win by Cirnu halted a personal three-match losing streak and marks her first win since Feb. 8 against Colorado. For the season, the product of Constanta, Romania, is 12-10 including a 2-2 record in three-set matches.
St. Hill secured the victory for K-State with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Abby Stevens at number four singles. The junior from Gothenburg, Sweden, tallied improved her record this season to 11-8 and boosted her career record to 31-36.
After the match was clinched, K-State retired at number six singles and Wichita State won an 8-6 pro set at number five singles for the final margin.
K-State will open its 2014 Big 12 schedule on Friday, March 14 and Sunday, March 16, as the Wildcats travel to West Virginia and Iowa State, respectively.
(32) Wichita State (8-5, 0-0 MVC) vs. (58) Kansas State (6-5, 0-0 Big 12)
March 8, 2014 | Manhattan, Kan. | Body First Tennis and Fitness Center
(58) Kansas State 4, (32) Wichita State 3
1. Petra Niedermayerova/Amina St. Hill (K-State) def. Lucia Kovalova/Veronika Blaskova (WSU), 8-5
2. Palma Juhasz/Iva Bago (K-State) def. Montse Blasco Fernandez/Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU), 8-7 (7-5)
3. Julia Schiller/Abby Stevens (WSU) def. Livia Cirnu/Riley Nizzi (K-State), 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. (82) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. Julia Schiller (WSU), 6-3, 6-0
2. Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU) def. Palma Juhasz (K-State), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Livia Cirnu (K-State) def. Lucia Kovalova (WSU), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Amina St. Hill (K-State) def. Abby Stevens (WSU), 6-1, 6-1
5. Montse Blasco Fernandez (WSU) def. Iva Bago (K-State), 8-6
6. Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul (WSU) def. Riley Nizzi (K-State), 3-0 (ret.)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 4*, 5, 6
* - match decided