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K-State tennis defeats Colorado for fifth straight win

By The Mercury

The 53rd-ranked Kansas State tennis team faced a former Big 12 foe on Saturday afternoon at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center and came away with its fifth straight win.

K-State registered a 4-1 victory over Colorado, giving the Wildcats their first five-match wins streak since 2011 when the Wildcats opened the season with seven straight wins.

The afternoon’s match between the Wildcats and Buffaloes used experimental formats set up by the ITA. All of the singles and doubles were played to six games, with regular scoring and tiebreakers at 6-all. If a singles match splits sets, a match tiebreaker was played instead of a third set. Doubles play was halted after a winner was decided.

The Wildcats (5-1) outdueled the Buffaloes (3-3) with wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles.

K-State head coach Steve Bietau utilized the doubles lineup he used against Liberty last weekend and was rewarded with the third straight doubles point.

At No. 1 doubles, Petra Niedermayerova and Amina St. Hill registered a 6-1 win over Nuria Ormeno Ruiz and Winde Janssens. This was just the third time Niedermayerova and St. Hill were paired together and the duo is now 3-0 together.

With the doubles victory, Niedermayerova boosted her career doubles record to 68-44 to move into sole possession of second on the K-State career doubles wins list.

With six more doubles victories, Niedermayerova will become the K-State career record holder for doubles wins.

The Wildcats registered the doubles point, as the No. 3 tandem of freshmen Livia Cirnu and Maria Panaite came back from a 4-3 deficit to defeat Julyette Steur and Ashley Tiefel 7-5. The tandem of Cirnu and Panaite are 2-0 this season.

In singles after Colorado captured a win at No. 2 singles, Niedermayerova secured her eighth win in her last 10 singles matches to give K-State a 2-1 lead. Niedermayerova, No. 42 in the national ITA singles rankings, swept past Steur, 6-1, 6-3.

The product of Brno, Czech Republic, is 14-5 this season, owns a career mark of 77-21 in straight-set matches, including a 12-2 record this season.

Niedermayerova, a two-time ITA All-American and three-time All-Big 12 singles selection, improved her school record for career singles wins 94-38 (.712). Her career singles winning percentage of .712 ranks second in program history.

Panaite joined Niedermayerova in the win column with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles over Janssens. The freshman from Velika, Croatia, is now 7-8 this season and improved to 6-6 in straight-set matches.

For the second straight match, Cirnu secured the victory for K-State at No. 5 singles with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Dhany Quevedo. Cirnu has now won five straight matches for the first time in her career and owns a record of 11-7.

K-State will return to action on Feb. 22-23 in Tulsa, Okla., as the Wildcats face No. 63 North Texas and No. 28 Tulsa.

Wildcats beat Fresno State

K-State needed a rally, including a marathon win at No. 2 singles, to secure a 4-2 win over No. 55 Fresno State on Friday at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center.

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