Wildcats Upset No. 63 Jayhawks on Senior Day

April 19, 2014

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Playing in her final career home match, senior Petra Niedermayerova capped her career in front of the largest crowd in Mike Goss Tennis Stadium history with a doubles and singles win to help K-State to a 6-1 upset win over No. 63 Kansas on Saturday.

K-State halted a seven-match skid with the win and improved to 9-12 overall this season and 3-6 in the Big 12. K-State has now clinched the number seven seed in next week’s Big 12 Championship in Fort Worth. Kansas falls to 11-11 on the year and 2-7 in the league and enters the Big 12 Championship as the number eight seed. K-State has now defeated six straight times in the series and in 10 of the last 13 meetings.

Prior to the start of Saturday’s match, Kansas State saluted the career accomplishments of its lone senior on the roster. In her four seasons with the Wildcats, Niedermayerova strung together one of the most decorated careers of any Wildcat women’s tennis student-athlete in the history of the program.

Among her many career honors, Niedermayerova has garnered: a pair of Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American citations, a three-time NCAA Division I Singles Championship participant, including an appearance in the Round of 16, a three-time All-Big 12 selection in singles, a two-time All-Big 12 selection in doubles, the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, the 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and has been ranked among the ITA national singles rankings for 38 consecutive weeks dating back to her freshman season in 2011. Petra holds the school records for singles and doubles wins in a career and singles and doubles wins in a season. She is the first player in program history to reach 100 career singles wins.

As a student, Niedermayerova has received numerous honors for her efforts in the classroom including: 2013 Capital One/ CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection. She currently serves as the team’s representative on K-State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and will graduate in May with her degree in economics and will pursue a Ph.D. in economics at Boston University beginning in the fall.

K-State ended a six-match skid in doubles by winning the first point on Saturday. The Wildcats’ tandems at number one and three doubles tallied wins to give K-State an early 1-0 lead. This was the first doubles point K-State has won at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.

At number one doubles, Niedermayerova and junior Amina St. Hill blanked the Jayhawks’ pairing of Dylan Windom and Paulina Los, 8-0. The Niedermayerova and St. Hill duo is now 9-5 this season and 3-4 in league action. The win secured the 74th career doubles win for Niedermayerova and placing her alone atop the K-State career doubles win list.

At number three doubles, the freshmen duo of Livia Cirnu and Maria Panaite edged past Morgan Barnhill and Caroline Henderson, 8-7 (7-3). The win by Cirnu and Panaite halted an eight-match skid for the pair and marked their first league doubles win in their careers.

In singles, Niedermayerova pushed K-State into a 2-0 lead with a straight set win at number one singles. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 61 in the ITA national singles rankings, blitzed past Windom, 6-1, 6-0. Following the win, Niedermayerova was overcome with emotion at her bench and was consoled by interim head coach Liz Ullathorne.

Niedermayerova, who has won 17 of her last 23 singles matches, owns a 23-9 overall record this season including a 14-5 mark in dual match play this spring and a 5-4 mark in Big 12 action. Her 23 wins this season are tied for eighth in school history for singles wins in a season. With her win on Saturday, Niedermayerova finished her Big 12 regular season career with winning seasons in all four years and an all-time Big 12 record of 26-12.

Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins to 103-42 (.710). Her career singles winning percentage of .710 ranks second in program history. Saturday’s win capped her career home record at 24-9.

At number five singles, Livia Cirnu gave K-State a 3-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Barnhill. The freshman from Constanta, Romania, won her second straight match which marks the first time she has won consecutive singles matches since notching a personal best win streak of four straight from Jan. 31 to Feb. 22. This was Cirnu’s third career Big 12 win (3-5) and improves her record in her rookie season in Manhattan to 15-16.

Following a win by Kansas at number two singles, St. Hill clinched the match for the Wildcats at number four singles with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Los. St. Hill ended a four-match skid with the win and improved upon her person single season best for wins with her 16th of the year (16-13). For her career, the product of Gothenburg, Sweden, is 36-41 including a 11-15 mark in Big 12 action.

The Wildcats finished out the afternoon with wins at number six and three singles. Freshman Iva Bago put an end to an eight-match skid with a hard fought 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3) over Anastasija Trubica at number six singles. Bago improves to 2-7 in league action and 11-17 overall.

The final match was the afternoon’s longest, as Panaite and Maria Belen Luduena dueled for over two and a half hours with Panaite securing her first career Big 12 win with a 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (14-12) decision at number three singles. The win ended a personal 11-match skid for Panaite.  

With the conclusion of the 2014 spring regular season on Saturday, K-State will turn its attention to the 2014 Big 12 Tennis Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. The Wildcats will begin competition on the TCU campus on Thursday. Seeding and match times will be announced on Monday.

(63) Kansas (11-11, 2-7 Big 12) at Kansas State (9-12, 3-6 Big 12)
April 19, 2014 | Manhattan, Kan. | Mike Goss Tennis Stadium
Final Results
Kansas State 6, (63) Kansas 1

1. Petra Niedermayerova/Amina St. Hill (K-State) def. Dylan Windom/Paulina Los (KU), 8-0
2. Maria Belen Luduena/Maria Jose Cardona (KU) def. Palma Juhasz/Iva Bago (K-State), 8-3
3. Livia Cirnu/Maria Panaite (K-State) def. Morgan Barnhill/Caroline Henderson (KU), 8-7 (7-3)

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

1. (61) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. Dylan Windom (KU), 6-1, 6-0
2. Maria Jose Cardona (KU) def. Palma Juhasz (K-State), 6-2, 6-1
3. Maria Panaite (K-State) def. Maria Belen Luduena (KU), 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (14-12)
4. Amina St. Hill (K-State) def. Paulina Los (KU), 6-1, 6-2
5. Livia Cirnu (K-State) def. Morgan Barnhill (KU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Iva Bago (K-State) def. Anastasija Trubica (KU), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3)

Order of Finish: 1, 5, 2, 4, 6, 3  

*-match decided