COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With its highest seed in nine seasons, the 67th-ranked Kansas State tennis team looked to advance to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships for the first time since the 2000 campaign.
However, No. 19 and host Texas A&M held off the Wildcats with a 4-0 decision at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on Friday.
The Wildcats finished their season with an 8-14 record and a sixth-place finish in the Big 12 this season. The Aggies improved to 17-4 overall and advanced to the semis.
The Aggies captured the opening point of the afternoon by winning the doubles point with a 2-1 decision over the Wildcats.
K-State secured an 8-4 win at number three doubles to even the match at one apiece, as senior Petra Chuda and junior Carmen Borau Ramos came back to defeat Janelle Cuthbertson and Nazari Urbina. Chuda and Borau Ramos are now 6-8 this season and have won five straight matches from the number three position in the lineup.
Texas A&M boosted its lead to 3-0 with straight-set wins at number four and one singles. The Aggies needed to survive a three-set match at number five singles to secure the victory.
K-State will possibly have one student-athlete reach the postseason, as sophomore Petra Niedermayerova is in line for her second straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Singles Championship.
Niedermayerova, ranked No. 27 in this week’s Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, is 22-12 this season and is tied for 10th in school history for singles wins in a season. For her career, the sophomore from Brno, Czech Republic owns a 47-22 overall record, including a 6-3 mark in the Big 12 this season.
The selections for the 2012 NCAA Division I Singles Championships in Athens, Ga., will be announced Wednesday.