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KSU tennis set for trip out West

By The Mercury

The 53rd-ranked Kansas State tennis team will end its three-match road trip with a spring break trip out West to face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match.

K-State will bring a three-match win streak with it, looking to win three straight road matches for the first time since 2011.

Last weekend, K-State (8-5, 2-0 Big 12) opend conference play with victories at West Virginia and Iowa State.

K-State has been led in doubles action this spring by the tandem of senior Petra Niedermayerova and junior Amina St. Hill.

Niedermayerova and St. Hill ran their record together to 6-1 this spring with a win over Iowa State’s top duo. In her career, Niedermayerova is second in the program’s history with a mark of 71-45 (.612). She needs three doubles wins to secure the career doubles record.

In singles, Niedermayerova is pacing the squad from the top of the lineup. The two-time ITA All-American and the three-time All-Big 12 selection has won 13 times in her last 15 matches.

For the season in singles action, Niedermayerova has led K-State from the top of the lineup. Ranked 46th in singles, Niedermayerova owns a team-leading record of 19-5, including a 10-1 record this spring. With a win on Saturday, Niedermayerova will secure her fourth straight 20-win season.

Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins to 99-38 (.723), which includes a mark of 61-15 from the top position in the K-State lineup. A win on Saturday will be the 100th of her career, making her the first player in program history to reach triple-digit victories.

Following this weekend’s matches, the Wildcats return to Manhattan to begin a four-match homestand March 28-30 against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State — both matches slated for 1 p.m. at the new Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.

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