K-State tennis team heads to California

By The Mercury

The 42nd-ranked Kansas State tennis team will wrap up its 2013 spring non-conference schedule this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Fresno, Calif. The Wildcats will face Cal Poly on Sunday at 1 p.m., and No. 61 Fresno State on Monday at 7 p.m. K-State will look to end a four-match losing streak.

The Wildcats (4-6, 0-2 Big 12) opened Big 12 action last weekend with a pair of defeats and has started Big 12 play 0-2 for the first time since 2010. K-State suffered a 5-2 loss at No. 28 Oklahoma State and a 4-3 loss at No. 40 Oklahoma.

In the two matches, K-State dropped the doubles point for the sixth and seventh straight matches and own a 1-6 team record in those matches. This spring, K-State is 6-19 in doubles play, with four wins coming from the top tandem and No. 32-ranked duo of Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic. Both Niedermayerova and Bonacic have surpassed the 50-win mark for their careers in doubles action this season. Bonacic is 51-57 in her career in doubles play, while Niedermayerova is 50-39.

For the season in singles, K-State has been led by Niedermayerova. The junior from Brno, Czech Republic, is ranked No. 15 in the national ITA singles rankings and has registered a team-leading record of 23-6 overall, including a 9-1 mark this spring. She needs two singles wins to set a new career-high for singles wins in a season.

For her career, Niedermayerova is 71-29 (.710) in her career and ranks fourth on the K-State career singles wins list. She is the fourth player in school history with 70 career singles wins. She needs six singles wins to move into a three-way tie for second with Petra Sedlmajerova (1999-03; 77-47) and Jessica Simosa (2001-06; 77-61). She needs eight wins to move into a tie for first with Maria Rosenberg (2000-05; 79-54).

Following this weekend’s matches in California, K-State will return to Big 12 action to face rival Kansas in Lawrence on March 30 at 1 p.m.

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