No. 53 K-State Upended by UCSB

March 22, 2014

K-State Athletics

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Senior Petra Niedermayerova became the first player in school history to win 100 career singles matches, but No. 53 Kansas State was unable to hold off UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, falling 4-3 to the Gauchos. The loss ended a three-match winning streak for the Wildcats and sends K-State’s record to 8-6.

Niedermayerova eased past Kaiulani Boyer, 6-1, 6-1, to secure her 100th career win. Niedermayerova, a two-time ITA All-American and three-time All-Big 12 singles selection, improved her school record for career singles wins to 100-38 (.725). Her career singles winning percentage of .725 ranks second in program history.

Niedermayerova, ranked No. 46 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national singles rankings, has now won 14 of her last 16 singles matches. She owns a 20-5 overall record this season, including an 11-1 mark in dual match play this spring. This is her fourth straight 20-win season and she is the first player in school history to achieve this feat.

In doubles, the Wildcats sealed the point with wins at the number one and two slots in the lineup. The top tandem of Niedermayerova and Amina St. Hill tallied an 8-2 win over Boyer and Priscilla Garcia. Niedermayerova and St. Hill are now 7-1 this season when paired together.

Niedermayerova improved her personal career doubles record to 72-45 (.615), which ranks second in school history. She needs two doubles wins to surpass Petra Sedlmajerova (73-55; 1999-03) for the school record in career doubles victories.

At number two doubles, the freshmen duo of Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago registered an 8-5 victory over April Scatliffe and Jaime Gilbertson. Juhasz and Bago are now 7-3 this season.

Juhasz outlasted Scatliffe at number two singles with a 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (12-10) win. The product of Debrecen, Hungary, owns a record of 13-9 this season, including a current three-game win streak. She improved to 2-1 this spring in the number two position in the lineup.

UC Santa Barbara (4-12, 2-1 Big West) picked up the match win with victories at number three, four and five singles. K-State started singles action by forfeiting at number six singles due to injury.

The Wildcats return to Manhattan to begin a four-match home stand on March 28 and March 30 against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, respectively. Both matches are slated for a 1 p.m., first serve at the new Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, weather permitting.

(53) Kansas State (8-6, 2-0 Big 12) at UC Santa Barbara (4-12, 2-1 Big West)
March 22, 2014 | Santa Barbara, Calif.
Final Results

UC Santa Barbara 4, (53) Kansas State 3

1. Petra Niedermayerova/Amina St. Hill (K-State) def. Priscilla Garcia/Kaiulani Boyer (UCSB), 8-2
2. Palma Juhasz/Iva Bago (K-State) def. April Scatliffe/Jaime Gilbertson (UCSB), 8-5
3. K-State forfeits

1. (46) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. Kaiulani Boyer (UCSB), 6-1, 6-1
2. Palma Juhasz (K-State) def. April Scatliffe (UCSB), 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (12-10)
3. Stacy Yam (UCSB) def. Livia Cirnu, 6-2, 6-3
4. Jaime Gilbertson (UCSB) def. Amina St. Hill (K-State), 6-2, 6-3
5. Paola Cos (UCSB) def. Iva Bago, 6-3, 6-2
6. K-State forfeits