Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cats finish fall season with wins

TEMPE, Arizona — The Kansas State women’s tennis team capped its fall schedule on Sunday afternoon at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational at the Whiteman Tennis Center with five singles victories and a doubles win.

Wildcats’ senior Petra Niedermayerova — No. 12 in the ITA rankings —  fought her way to a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 5 Annet Schutting of California.

With the win, Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins with an 89-37 (.706) mark. Her career singles winning percentage of .706 ranks second in school history. She is 28-21 (.571) in her career against opponents ranked among the ITA national singles rankings.

Freshman Palma Juhasz picked up a win on Sunday to end her first fall season with the Wildcats. The rookie from Debrechen, Hungary, defeated Sara Remynse of Michigan, 6-4, 6-4. Juhasz is now 6-4 this fall, including a 5-2 mark in two-set matches.

Junior Amina St. Hill tallied a hard fought three-set win over Annie Wierda of Michigan, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. The Gothenburg, Sweden, product owns a 6-6 mark this fall and captured a second straight three-set win. For her career, St. Hill is 26-34 including a 4-7 mark in three-set matches. This is the first time in her career that she has won two three-set matches in a season.

Joining St. Hill in the win column on Sunday was freshman Iva Bago. Bago notched a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Joanna Smith of Arizona State.

In her first season in Manhattan, Bago is 5-6 including a 4-5 record in straight set matches.

The final singles win came from freshman Maria Panaite. The native of Velika, Croatia, notched a 6-0, 6-1 win over Fresno State’s Tanya Murtagh. Panaite is now 4-6 in her debut season with the Wildcats.

In doubles, the tandem of Niedermayerova and Juhasz registered an 8-2 win over Smith and Gussie O’Sullivan of Arizona State. The duo of Niedermayerova and Juhasz is now 1-1.

K-State will open its spring 2014 spring season schedule Jan. 24-25 in Athens, Ga., as part of the ITA Kick-off Weekend.

The Wildcats will face Arkansas on Jan. 24 and then will play either Georgia or Elon. K-State’s 2014 spring schedule features 10 matches in Manhattan, beginning Jan. 31.

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