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K-State tennis loses at home to Baylor, 5-1

By The Mercury

Kansas State senior Petra Niedermayerova picked up her best win of the spring season in singles action on Sunday, but the 69th-ranked Wildcats were unable to pull off the upset, losing to No. 16 Baylor, 5-1, at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center in Manhattan.

Sunday’s match was moved indoors due to wet court conditions following some brief early morning rain showers. The singles matches were played first to accommodate Baylor’s travel schedule.

Niedermayerova pushed K-State into an early 1-0 lead with a straight-set win at No. 1 singles. Niedermayerova, No. 56 in the ITA rankings, upset No. 34 Kiah Generette, 6-1, 6-2.

This was the highest-ranked opponent Niedermayerova has defeated this season and her best win since downing No. 5 Annet Schutting of California on Nov. 10, 2013.

Niedermayerova owns a record of 33-24 against ITA ranked opponents. She has now won 16 of her last 20 singles matches and owns a 22-7 overall record this season, including a 13-3 mark in dual-match play this spring and a 4-2 mark in Big 12 action.

A two-time ITA All-American and three-time All-Big 12 singles selection, Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins to 102-40.

The Bears (17-6, 6-0 Big 12) captured the match with straight-set wins at Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 6 singles.

K-State travels to No. 56 TCU on Friday for an afternoon match at 2.  The Wildcats will play at No. 32 Texas Tech on Sunday at noon.

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