K-State into finals at ITA Regional

By The Mercury

TULSA, Okla. — The Kansas State women’s tennis team was to be well represented in today’s main draw finals at the ITA Central Regional, as junior Petra Niedermayerova and freshman Ivana Kubickova continued their strong play together and as individuals on Sunday.

The pair advanced to the finals in the main draw doubles bracket, while Niedermayerova will compete in the main draw finals in singles at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Kubickova rolled through the back draw to secure the consolation title on Sunday.

The duo rolled into the main draw doubles final with an 8-1 win over Melanie Delsart and Anastacia Simons of Southern Illinois. The duo is now 5-0 this fall.

Niedermayerova improved her career doubles record to 44-33 (.571), while Kubickova is 9-4 in her young K-State career. Before this weekend’s event, the countrywomen, who each hail from Brno, Czech Republic, had yet to be paired together by head coach Steve Bietau.

“There is definitely a good chemistry with those two on the court right now,” Bietau said. “They played lights-out this morning. They played well throughout the tournament and this morning was a very strong performance.”

The duo of Niedermayerova and Kubickova will look to close out its run in the main draw doubles final on this morning against Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique of Tulsa.

Niedermayerova, the top singles seed in the Central Region and the No. 14 player in the ITA national singles rankings, tallied a pair of straight set wins on Sunday. In her quarterfinal match, Niedermayerova carded a 6-1, 6-2 win over Meghan Blevins of Oklahoma State.

In Niedermayerova’s semifinal match, she dispatched of Hermon Brhane of Oklahoma, 6-0, 6-2. After an hour break following her doubles final with Kubickova, Niedermayerova will face Vickers of Tulsa in the singles final.

Niedermayerova, a 2012 ITA All-American and a two-time All-Big 12 selection, owns a 10-1 mark this fall and improved her career singles record to 58-24 (.707).

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