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Cats in Big Apple for weekend tennis action

By The Mercury

The Kansas State tennis team is looking to end a two-match losing skid this weekend when the Wildcats travel to New York for a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday.

K-State will face No. 36 Columbia on Friday at 9 a.m. and No. 43 Memphis on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Savitt Tennis Center — the final leg of a four-match road trip.

The Wildcats (5-3) suffered their first consecutive losses this season as K-State fell to No. 69 North Texas, 4-3, and at No. 23 Tulsa, 4-1. These were the first consecutive losses for K-State since April 5-19, 2013.

The Wildcats have been successful in doubles the last five matches, winning four doubles points.

During that stretch, K-State won nine of its 12 completed doubles matches with the Wildcats’ top tandem of senior Petra Niedermayerova and junior Amina St. Hill leading the way.

Since being paired together by K-State head coach Steve Bietau for the first time in their careers on Feb. 1 against Liberty, Niedermayerova and St. Hill have won four of their five matches together.

For the season in singles action, Niedermayerova has led K-State from the top of the lineup.

Niedermayerova, No. 82 in the national ITA singles rankings, owns a team-leading record of 15-5 in singles, including a 6-1 record this spring from the top spot in the lineup.

Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins to 95-38 (.714), which includes a mark of 57-15 from the top position in the K-State lineup. Her career singles winning percentage of .714 ranks second in program history.

Following this weekend’s matches, the Wildcats will return to Manhattan to host No. 54 Wichita State on March 8 at noon.

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