K-State tennis to open home slate this weekend

By The Mercury

The 55th-ranked Kansas State tennis team will open the home portion of its spring season on Friday at 1 p.m. 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 is 1-3 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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