Friday, August 28, 2015

KSU tennis falls at home to Cowgirls

The 61st-ranked Kansas State tennis team pushed four singles matches into a third set on Sunday, but No. 23 Oklahoma State held off the Wildcats for a 5-1 win at the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.

K-State has now dropped three straight matches and is 8-8 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 action.

Oklahoma State (10-5, 4-0) secured the opening point by sweeping through the doubles matchups. This is the second straight match K-State has lost all three doubles matches.

In singles action, the Cowgirls secured the win on the strength of straight set wins at No. 6 and No. 3 singles.

Oklahoma State sealed the victory with a three-set win at No. 4 singles.

Senior Petra Niedermayerova held off a second-set rally from No.54 Viktoriya Lushkova to secure a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles for the Wildcats.

This was Niedermayerova’s first three-set match since Feb. 7 and her first win in a three-set match since Nov. 11, 2013. She owns a career mark of 18-16 in three-set matches , including a 3-2 record this season.

Niedermayerova, No. 56 in the ITA rankings, has now won 15 of her last 18 singles matches and owns a 21-6 overall record this season, including a 12-2 mark in dual-match play this spring.

Junior Amina St. Hill closed out the afternoon for the Wildcats with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Carla Tur Mari at No. 5 singles. The product of Gothenburg, Sweden, improved her career-high for season wins 15-9 mark this season, including a 4-0 record in Big 12 action.

K-State wraps up its four-match home stand next weekend when the Wildcats host No. 22 Texas on Saturday and No. 16 Baylor on Sunday, both matches beginning at 11 a.m.

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