K-State downed by Columbia Saturday

By The Mercury

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Kansas State tennis team dropped its second match of the spring on Saturday, as No. 70 Columbia held off the 42nd-ranked Wildcats, 4-2, at the Racquet Club of Memphis.

K-State (3-2) dropped the doubles point for the second straight day and for the third time this season. Columbia registered wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to clinch the point.

In singles, No. 17 ranked Petra Niedermayerova captured her fifth straight win with another three-set decision, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, over Bianca Sanon at No. 1 singles.

Niedermayerova has now played six straight three-set matches and owns a 5-1 record in three-set matches.

With her win on Saturday, Niedermayerova is tied for fourth on the K-State career singles wins list with a career mark of 67-28. She needs 12 wins to move into a tie for first.

The junior from Brno, Czech Republic owns a team-leading record of 19-5 this season.

At No. 2 singles, senior Karla Bonacic tallied a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 37 Nicole Bartnik. The senior from Split, Croatia, is 63-37 in her career and is tied for seventh on the K-State career singles wins list.

Columbia tallied singles wins at No. 3, 4 and 5 to register the upset.

K-State will return to the Sunflower State for its next two matches, as the Wildcats will travel to Wichita to face Wichita State on Feb. 23 and No. 24 Purdue on Feb. 24.

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