March 16, 2014
AMES, Iowa – No. 52 Kansas State wrapped up its opening weekend of Big 12 action with a 5-2 win at Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. K-State boosted its win streak to three and improved to 8-5 overall this season and 2-0 in Big 12 action. This is the first time K-State has opened league action with two straight wins since the 2002 season.
Sunday’s singles matches were played first due to a scheduling conflict with the courts at the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center. Iowa State (8-7, 0-2 Big 12) secured the first point of the day with a win at number two singles.
K-State tied the match at one with a win from Livia Cirnu at number four singles. The freshman from Constana, Romania downed Lydia Green, 6-1, 6-4, to capture her first career win from the number four position in the lineup. Cirnu improves to 13-11 this season, including an 11-9 record in two-set matches.
The Wildcats went in front for good at 2-1, as senior Petra Niedermayerova eased past Ksenia Pronina, 6-1, 7-5. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 46 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national singles rankings, has now won 13 of her last 15 singles matches. She owns a 19-5 overall record this season, including a 10-1 mark in dual match play this spring. She needs just one singles win for her fourth straight 20-win season.
Niedermayerova, a two-time ITA All-American and three-time All-Big 12 singles selection, improved her school record for career singles wins 99-38 (.723). Her career singles winning percentage of .723 ranks second in program history. She is 23-8 in Big 12 matches in her career, with all 31 matches coming from the top of K-State’s lineup.
Junior Amina St. Hill followed behind Niedermayerova with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Emma Waites at number five singles. St. Hill, a junior from Gothenburg, Sweden, improved her record this season to 13-8 and boosted her career record to 34-36. She needs one win to register a career-high for singles wins in a season. She improved to 8-11 in her career in Big 12 matches and is 8-11 in her career from the number five position in the K-State lineup.
Freshman Palma Juhasz sealed the win for the Wildcats with her first consecutive wins since Feb. 1-7. Juhasz outlasted Ana Gasparovic in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Juhasz improved to 12-9 this season, including a 6-5 record this spring.
In doubles, the Wildcats sealed the point with wins at the number one and two slots in the lineup. The top tandem of Niedermayerova and St. Hill tallied a 6-1 win over Pronina and Samantha Budai. Niedermayerova and St. Hill are now 6-1 this season when paired together.
At number two doubles, the duo of Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago registered a 6-4 victory over Meghan Cassens and Gasparovic. Juhasz and Bago are now 6-3 this season.
K-State will end its 2014 spring non-conference schedule next weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Santa Barbara, Calif., on March 22 to face UC Santa Barbara.
(52) Kansas State (8-5, 2-0 Big 12) at Iowa State (8-7, 0-2 Big 12)
March 16, 2014 | Ames, Iowa | Ames Racquet & Fitness
(52) Kansas State 5, Iowa State 2
1. (46) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. Ksenia Pronina (ISU), 6-1, 7-5
2. Meghan Cassens (ISU) def. Maria Panaite (K-State), 6-3, 5-0 (ret.)
3. Palma Juhasz (K-State) def. Ana Gasparovic (ISU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
4. Livia Cirnu (K-State) def. Lydia Green (ISU), 6-1, 6-4
5. Amina St. Hill (K-State) def. Emma Waites (ISU), 6-1, 6-4
6. Talisa Merchiers (ISU) def. Iva Bago (K-State), 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (6)
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 1, 5, 3*, 6
1. Petra Niedermayerova/Amina St. Hill (K-State) vs. Ksenia Pronina/Samantha Budai (ISU), 6-1
2. Palma Juhasz/Iva Bago (K-State) vs. Meghan Cassens/Ana Gasparovic (ISU), 6-4
3. Livia Cirnu/Riley Nizzi (K-State) vs. Lydia Green/Caroline Hauge Andersen (ISU), DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 2
* - match decided