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K-State tennis wins long match vs. Elon

By The Mercury

ATHENS, Ga. — The 55th-ranked Kansas State tennis team bounced back from its season-opening loss on Friday to register a comeback win late Saturday night over No. 75 Elon, 4-3, to conclude its action at the ITA Season Kickoff at the Dan Magill Tennis Center.

K-State (0-1) captured the early 1-0 lead by securing the doubles point for the first time this season. The Wildcats carded 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The duo of Petra Niedermayerova and Palma Juhasz teamed up for a 6-3 win over Jordan Johnston and Frida Jansaker at the lead position. The win improves the duo’s record to 2-1 this season.

At No. 2 doubles, freshmen Maria Panaite and Iva Bago secured a 6-3 win over Taylor Casey and Maria Camara Ruiz. The win was the first for the tandem of Panaite and Bago (1-4).

Elon (0-3) captured a win at No. 2 singles to even the match at one.

Niedermayerova answered with K-State’s first singles win of the night at No. 1 singles. Niedermayerova, No. 42 in the national ITA singles rankings, swept past No. 69 Johnston, 6-4, 6-1.

In her final season, Niedermayerova has tallied an 11-4 record, including a 4-1 mark against ranked opponents. She has won five of her last six matches dating back to the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in November.

After Elon captured two straight singles wins at Nos. 3 and 4 singles to take a 3-2 lead, K-State freshman Livia Cirnu evened the match at three with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles over Camara Ruiz.

Junior Amina St. Hill clinched the win for the Wildcats by fighting back to secure a 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 win over Casey at No. 5 singles. The win improved St. Hill to 7-6 this season.

K-State will begin a four-match homestand this weekend when it hosts Northern Iowa on Friday at 1 p.m. and Liberty on Saturday at noon.

Both matches are slated to be played indoors at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. Both matches are free and open to the public.

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