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K-State tennis wins third straight match

By The Mercury

AMES, Iowa — The 52nd-ranked Kansas State tennis team wrapped up its opening weekend of Big 12 action with a 5-2 win at Iowa State on Sunday afternoon.

K-State boosted its win streak to three and improved to 8-5 overall this season and 2-0 in the Big 12. This is the first time K-State has opened league action with two straight wins since the 2002 season.

Sunday’s singles matches were played first due to a scheduling conflict with the courts at the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center. Iowa State (8-7, 0-2 Big 12) secured the first point of the day with a win at No. 2 singles.

K-State tied the match at one with a win from Livia Cirnu at No. 4 singles. The freshman from Constana, Romania downed Lydia Green, 6-1, 6-4, to capture her first career win from the No. 4 position in the lineup. Cirnu improved to 13-11 this season, including an 11-9 record in two-set matches.

The Wildcats went in front for good at 2-1, as senior Petra Niedermayerova eased past Ksenia Pronina, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 1 singles. Niedermayerova, No. 46 in the singles rankings, has now won 13 of her last 15 singles matches. She owns a 19-5 overall record this season, including a 10-1 mark in dual-match play this spring. She needs just one singles win for her fourth straight 20-win season.

Junior Amina St. Hill followed behind Niedermayerova with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Emma Waites at No. 5 = singles. St. Hill, a junior from Gothenburg, Sweden, improved her record this season to 13-8.

Freshman Palma Juhasz sealed the win for the Wildcats with her first consecutive wins since Feb. 1-7. Juhasz outlasted Ana Gasparovic in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Juhasz improved to 12-9 this season, including a 6-5 record this spring.

In doubles, the Wildcats sealed the point with wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 slots in the lineup. The top tandem of Niedermayerova and St. Hill tallied a 6-1 win over Pronina and Samantha Budai. Niedermayerova and St. Hill are now 6-1 this season when paired together.

At No. 2 doubles, the duo of Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago registered a 6-4 victory over Meghan Cassens and Gasparovic. Juhasz and Bago are now 6-3 this season.

K-State will end its 2014 spring nonconference schedule this weekend when the Wildcats travel to Santa Barbara, Calif., to face UC Santa Barbara.

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