K-State tennis ends four-match homestand this weekend

By The Mercury

The 53rd-ranked Kansas State tennis team will end the first of two four-match homestands this weekend, as the Wildcats host No. 55 Fresno State at noon on Friday and former Big 12 foe Colorado at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center.

K-State enters the weekend with a three-match winning streak and will look for its first four- and five-match winning streak since 2011 when the Wildcats won seven in a row to open the season.

K-State (3-1) opened the home portion of its home schedule last weekend with a 6-1 win over Northern Iowa on Friday and a 7-0 sweep of Liberty on Saturday.

Saturday’s win over Liberty was the first 7-0 sweep by the Wildcats since last April against West Virginia.

K-State has won 14 consecutive singles matches, including 13 in straight sets dating back to the final two matches of the contest against Elon in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 25.

The Wildcats were paced in singles by senior Petra Niedermayerova. The two-time All-American and three-time All-Big 12 selection captured a pair of victories at the No. 1 spot last weekend to improve her team-leading record this season to 13-4 overall.

Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins 93-37 (.715), which includes a mark of 76-21 in two-set matches. Her career singles winning percentage of .715 ranks second in program history.

K-State’s freshmen have won nine straight singles matches and have improved their combined record this season to 37-30.

Livia Cirnu shook off a three-match losing streak and now has a three-match winning streak. The rookie from Constanta, Romania, is 9-7 in her debut season.

Following this weekend’s action, the Wildcats will return to the road with a stop in Tulsa, Okla., where K-State will face North Texas on Feb. 22 and Tulsa on Feb. 23.

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