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K-State tennis team travels to Tulsa



The 52nd-ranked Kansas State tennis team will begin a four-match stretch away from Manhattan this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Tulsa, Okla., to face No. 69 North Texas on Saturday and No. 23 Tulsa on Sunday at the Case Tennis Center.

K-State will look to improve upon its current five-match winning streak.

K-State (5-1) concluded a four-match home stand on Feb. 7-8 by defeating No. 55 Fresno State, 4-2, as well as Colorado, 4-1.

The Wildcats are off to their best start since the 2011 season when K-State opened the season 7-0.

In singles action, K-State has won 20 of its last 23 singles matches, including 18 in straight sets dating back to the final two matches of the contest against Elon in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 25.

The Wildcats were paced in singles by their freshmen during the final two home matches. The group of Iva Bago, Maria Panaite, Palma Juhasz and Livia Cirnu carded five of K-State’s six singles wins. The freshmen on the K-State roster own a combined record of 41-33 this season.

Cirnu secured the match for K-State on both days, winning in straight sets in both matches at No. 5 singles.

The rookie from Constanta, Romania, is 11-7 in her debut season and is in the midst of a team-high five-match winning streak.

For the season, K-State has been led by two-time All-American and three-time All-Big 12 selection Petra Niedermayerova. The 55th-ranked Niedermayerova owns a team-leading record of 14-5 in singles.

Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins 94-38 (.712), which includes a mark of 56-15 in from the top position in the K-State lineup. Her career singles winning percentage of .712 ranks second in program history.

Following this weekend’s matches, the Wildcats will return to the road with a stop in New York to face No. 37 Columbia on Feb. 28 and No. 31 Memphis on March 2.

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