KSU tennis’ win streak comes to an end

By The Mercury

TULSA, Okla. — The 52nd-ranked Kansas State tennis captured the doubles point for the fourth straight match, but the Wildcats were unable to string together three singles victories on Saturday and lost to No. 69 North Texas, 4-3, at the Case Tennis Center.

The loss snapped K-State’s five-match winning streak.

K-State (5-2) outdueled the Mean Green (2-5) with wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles.

Wildcat coach Steve Bietau went with the doubles lineup he used against Liberty on Feb. 1, and K-State responded with the team’s fourth straight doubles point.

At No. 1 doubles, the 59th-ranked tandem of Petra Niedermayerova and Amina St. Hill registered an 8-5 win over Kseniya Bavdabush and Anastasia Shestakova.

This was just the fourth time Niedermayerova and St. Hill have been paired together and the duo is now 4-0 together.

With the doubles victory, Niedermayerova boosted her career doubles record to 69-44 and remain in second on the K-State career doubles wins list.

With five more doubles victories, Niedermayerova will become the K-State career record holder for doubles wins.

The Wildcats registered the doubles point, as the No. 2 tandem of freshmen Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago sent Kamila Galima and Alexis Thoma to an 8-5 defeat.

The tandem of Bago and Juhasz improved to 3-2 together this season and are 2-1 in the No. 2 position in the lineup.

In singles, Niedermayerova secured her ninth win in her last 11 singles matches with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Bavdabush at No. 1 singles.

Niedermayerova, No. 55 in the national ITA singles rankings, is 15-5 this season and owns a career mark of 78-21 in straight-set matches including a 13-2 record this season.

A two-time ITA All-American and three-time All-Big 12 singles selection, Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins 95-38 (.714). Her career singles winning percentage of .714 ranks second in program history.

St. Hill registered K-State’s other singles win with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Ana Sofia Cordero at No. 6 singles. The win was St. Hill’s sixth straight. She improved to 10-6 this season and boosts her career record 30-34.

K-State will look to get back on track this morning in Tulsa, as the Wildcats face No. 23 Tulsa at 10 a.m.

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