K-State tennis opens home slate

By The Mercury

The 55th-ranked Kansas State tennis team opened the home portion of its spring season Friday afternoon against Northern Iowa at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center in Manhattan and will continue its four-match homestand on Saturday against Liberty at noon.

All home matches are free and open to the public.

Northern Iowa entered today’s match with a 1-3 record this season — coming off a 7-0 loss at Iowa last weekend. Liberty is 3-0 so far, including a 6-1 victory at West Virginia last Saturday.

The Wildcats opened their season last Friday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend in Athens, Ga., splitting a pair of matches — losing the opener to No. 51 Arkansas, 4-2, and then beating No. 75 Elon, 4-3, late Saturday night.

For the weekend, K-State (1-1) played a total of 11 singles matches that reached a conclusion, with six of them reaching a third-set tiebreaker.

The Wildcats were paced in singles action by Petra Niedermayerova, who captured a pair of victories at the No. 1 position against ITA-ranked opponents. With the wins, 42nd-ranked Niedermayerova improved her record this season to 11-4 overall, including a 4-1 mark against ITA-ranked competition.

Niedermayerova is now 91-37 for her career in singles matches, including a 74-21 mark in two-set matches. Her career singles winning percentage of .711 ranks second in school history. She’s 30-21 against ranked opponents.

Junior Amina St. Hill picked up her fist win of the spring season in a big spot for the Wildcats, a 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 victory over Elon’s Taylor Casey to secure the win for K-State in No. 5 singles. The product of Gothenburg, Sweden, is 7-6 this season and improved her career record to 27-34.

Following this weekend’s matches, the Wildcats will host No. 56 Fresno State and Colorado Feb. 7-8 in Manhattan. The two matches will be at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center.

In 30 years at K-State, head coach Steve Bietau is 266-350 (.432).

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