No. 58 K-State Returns Home to Host Shockers

March 4, 2014

K-State AthleticsMatch Notes

Match 11
(32) Wichita State at (58) K-State
March 8, 2014 | 12 p.m.
Body First Tennis & Fitness Center | Manhattan, Kan.

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (5-5, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Steve Bietau (Doane ‘79)
Career Record: 270-354 (.433) 30th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 4-0 vs. (43) Memphis on March 1, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateTEN
ITA Ranked Players:
(82 - Singles) Petra Niedermayerova

Wichita State Shockers (8-4, 0-0 MVC)
Head Coach: Colin Foster (Purdue ‘06)
Last match: L, 6-1 at Oklahoma State on March 2, 2014
ITA Ranked Players:

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series with Wichita State, 22-20... The Wildcats are 10-9 against the Shockers in Manhattan... K-State won the previous meeting between the schools, 4-2, on Feb. 23, 2013 in Wichita... Kansas State owns a 54-27 record against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference... Head coach Steve Bietau is 16-8 against the Shockers.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Following four matches away from Manhattan, No. 58 Kansas State will host No. 32 Wichita State on Saturday, March 8 at 12 p.m. A decision on the location of where the match will be played, indoors at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center or outdoors at the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, will be made on Saturday morning.

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

In its last outings on Feb. 28 and March 1, K-State (5-5) suffered losses to No. 36 Columbia, 6-1, and No. 43 Memphis, 4-0, in New York, N.Y. The Wildcats have now lost four straight matches for the first time since April 5-19, 2013.

The lone bright spot for the the Wildcats came from senior Petra Niedermayerova. The two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American and the three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection won her only completed match of the weekend with a 7-5, 6-2 win over No. 59 Kanika Vaidya. This was Niedermayerova’s third win over a ranked opponent this spring.

For the season in singles action, Niedermayerova has led K-State from the top of the lineup. Ranked No. 82 in the national ITA singles rankings, Niedermayerova owns a team-leading record of 16-5 in singles including a 7-1 record this spring from the top spot in the lineup.

Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins to 96-38 (.716), which includes a mark of 58-15  from the top position in the K-State lineup. Her career singles winning percentage of .716 ranks second in program history.

Following this weekend’s match, the Wildcats will open its Big 12 schedule on Friday, March 14 and Sunday, March 16 as K-State travels to West Virginia and Iowa State, respectively.