K-State Ends 4-Match Home Stand This Weekend

Feb. 4, 2014

K-State Athletics

Match Notes

Matches 5 & 6
(55) Fresno State vs. (53) K-State | Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
Colorado vs.  (53) K-State | Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Body First Tennis Center | Manhattan, Kan.

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (3-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Steve Bietau (Doane ‘79)
Career Record: 268-350 (.434) 30th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 7-0 vs. Liberty on Feb. 1, 2014
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateTEN
ITA Ranked Players:
(42 - Singles) Petra Niedermayerova

Fresno State Bulldogs (1-3, 0-0 MWC)
Head Coach: Ryan Stotland (New Mexico)
Last game: L, 4-0 at (37) St. Mary’s on Feb. 2, 2014
website: www.gobulldogs.com
Twitter: @FSAthletics
ITA Ranked Players:
(104 - Singles) Sophie Watts
(41 - Doubles) Aishwarya Agrawal/Claire Yang

Colorado Buffaloes (3-1, 0-0 Pac 12)
Head Coach: Nicole Kenneally (Oklahoma ‘95 & ‘99)
Last game: W, 7-0 vs. Colorado State on Feb. 1, 2014
website: www.cubuffs.com
Twitter: @cubuffs
ITA Ranked Players:

Series History and Notes
Fresno State leads the series with K-State, 1-4... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, a 5-2, decision in Fresno, Calif., on March 18, 2013... The Wildcats are 10-33 against teams from the Mountain West Conference... Colorado leads the series with K-State, 12-24... K-State is 4-11 against the Buffaloes in Manhattan... K-State won the last meeting with Colorado, a 7-0 decision in Manhattan on April 8, 2011... K-State is 23-39 against teams in the Pac 12.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 53 Kansas State will end the first of two 4-match home stands this weekend, as the Wildcats host No. 55 Fresno State (12 p.m.) and former Big 12 member Colorado (2 p.m.) on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center in Manhattan. The Wildcats enter the weekend with a three-match winning streak and will look for its first four- and five-match winning streak since Jan. 21-Feb. 19, 2011 when the Wildcats straung together a seven-match winning streak to open the season.

Fans can receive score updates from the weekend’s matches by following the official K-State Athletic Department Twitter gameday feed (@kstate_gameday).

K-State (3-1) opened the home portion of its home schedule last weekend, as the Wildcats tallied a 6-1 win over Northern Iowa on Friday, Jan. 31 and a 7-0 sweep of Liberty on Saturday, Feb. 1. Saturday’s win over the Lady Flames was the first 7-0 sweep by the Wildcats since April 21, 2013 against West Virginia.

In singles action, Kansas State has won 14 consecutive singles matches, including 13 in straight sets, dating back to the final two matches of the contest against Elon in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 25. The Wildcats were paced in singles by senior Petra Niedermayerova. The two-time All-American and three-time All-Big 12 selection captured a pair of victories at the number one singles position. With the wins, Niedermayerova improved her team-leading singles record this season to 13-4 overall.

Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins 93-37 (.715), which includes a mark of 76-21 in two-set matches. Her career singles winning percentage of .715 ranks second in program history.

K-State’s freshmen have won nine straight singles matches and have improved their combined record this season to 37-30. Livia Cirnu has shaken off a three-match losing streak to turn in a current three-match winning streak. The rookie from Constanta, Romania, is 9-7 in her debut season.

Following this weekend’s matches, the Wildcats will return to the road with a stop in Tulsa, Okla. K-State will face North Texas on Feb. 22 and Tulsa on Feb. 23 in Tulsa.

St. Hill Climbing the Hill
Junior Amina St. Hill will be looked to for leadership this season, as she is one of two returning letter winners for the Wildcats this season. St. Hill owns a career record of 29-34, which includes a 6-11 mark in Big 12 play.

The product of Gothenburg, Sweden, is in the midst of a career-best five-match winning streak, which includes three wins in the first four matches of the fall season. For the season, she owns a record of 9-6 and needs five wins to surpass her single season-high of 13 from the 2012-13 season.

Niedermayerova Strong at Home in Her Career  
K-State’s Petra Niedermayerova has surpassed the 90-win mark for career singles wins during her time with the Wildcats, which includes a sterling mark in matches played at home in Manhattan and Wamego.

Niedermayerova owns a 19-6 mark in matches played at home including an 8-2 record in her freshman season of 2010-11. Niedermayerova has played every match of her career from the number one position in the K-State lineup.