CLEMSON, S.C. – Following a withdrawal by its original opponent on Thursday, No. 46 Kansas State faced No. 59 Purdue on Saturday morning in the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Hoke/Sloan Tennis Center. The Wildcats were unable to advance past their new foe, as the Boilermakers secured the win, 4-1.
K-State’s original opponent in the ITA Kickoff Weekend was altered on Thursday before all the teams arrived, as No. 69 Wake Forest was forced to back out of the event. The Demon Deacons were forced to cancel after suffering a number of major injuries and illnesses to their roster during the week. Wake Forest was replaced by UNC-Wilmington and, after a re-draw of the schedule, faced host and No. 14-ranked Clemson in Saturday’s second match.
K-State’s lone win on Saturday came from No. 17-ranked Petra Niedermayerova. The sophomore from Brno, Czech Republic, held off Jenny Rabot at number one singles, 7-5, 7-5. Niedermayerova is now 32-17 in her career and 8-7 this season.
This was the fourth time the Boilermakers and Wildcats have faced each other, with all four meetings coming at a neutral site. The series is now all square at two apiece.
K-State will conclude its weekend in the consolation round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend today at 9 a.m. The Wildcats will face the loser of the UNC-Wilmington/Clemson match.