K-State tennis opens Big 12 with 4-3 win at West Virginia

By The Mercury

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — The Kansas State tennis team opened its Big 12 schedule on Friday afternoon against West Virginia with a 4-3 win at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

The win snapped a four-match skid away from Manhattan and improved K-State’s record to 7-5 this season.

After West Virginia (1-9, 0-1 Big 12) captured the doubles point, K-State quickly tied the match at 1-1 with senior Petra Niedermayerova securing a win at No. 1 singles over Hailey Barrett, as Barrett retired due to injury.

Niedermayerova, No. 46 in the ITA rankings, has now won 12 of her last 14 singles matches. She owns an 18-5 overall record this season, including a 9-1 mark in dua-match play. She needs just two singles wins for her fourth straight 20-win season.

Freshman Palma Juhasz ended a two-match slide and won her first career match at the No. 2 position in the lineup with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Kaja Mrgole, giving K-State a 2-1 lead. Juhasz improved to 11-9 this season, including a 5-5 record this spring.

West Virginia secured wins at No. 3 singles to square the match at two each.

Junior Amina St. Hill dropped her opening set at No. 4 singles, but recovered for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Ikttesh Chahal.

St. Hill, a junior from Gothenburg, Sweden, improved her record this season to 12-8 and boosted her career record to 33-36, including a 6-7 record in three-set matches. She needs two wins to register a career-high for singles wins in a season.

The Mountaineers came back and tied the match at three with a straight-set win at No. 6 singles.

Freshman Iva Bago was able to win the match for the Wildcats by ending a personal four-match losing streak with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Vivian Tsui at No. 5 singles. Bago, from Velika, Croatia, owns a 10-11 mark and is 7-8 in straight-set matches.

K-State will conclude its two-match Big 12 road trip today with an 11 a.m. match at Iowa State.

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