K-State tennis team set for road matches at TCU, Texas Tech

By The Mercury

The 71st-ranked K-State tennis team will close out the road portion of its 2014 spring regular season schedule this weekend when the Wildcats travel to the Lone Star State to face No. 54 TCU on Friday at 2 p.m. and No. 34 Texas Tech on Sunday at noon.

K-State will look to put a stop to a five-match skid and will look for its first road win since March 16.

Last weekend, K-State (8-10, 2-4 Big 12) dropped a pair of matches to two Top-25 foes. The Wildcats lost on April 5 to No. 25 Texas, 7-0, and dropped a 5-1 decision to No. 16 Baylor on April 6.

Sunday’s match against the Bears was K-State’s first defeat at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center this season (5-1), after the match was moved indoors following wet court conditions.

Senior Petra Niedermayerova picked up K-State’s lone singles win over the weekend. The native of Brno, Czech Republic, who is No. 38 in this week’s ITA rankings, upset No. 34 Kiah Generette of Baylor with a 6-1, 6-2 decision. For the season, Niedermayerova owns a team-leading record of 22-7 in singlesm including a 13-3 record this spring and a 4-2 mark in Big 12 action.

K-State has been paced in doubles action this spring by the tandem of Niedermayerova and junior Amina St. Hill. Niedermayerova and St. Hill are to 8-3 this spring and secured an 8-4 win over the No. 1 duo from Texas last weekend.

Following this weekend’s matches in Texas, the Wildcats return to Manhattan to host Senior Day against rival Kansas on Saturday, April 19 at noon. The match is slated to be played at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, where parking and admission is free to the public.

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