No. 52 Wildcats Open Big 12 Slate
No. 52 Wildcats Open Big 12 Slate
March 11, 2014
(52) K-State at West Virginia
March 14, 2014 | 12 p.m.
Morgantown, W. Va.
(52) K-State at Iowa State
March 16, 2014 | 11 a.m.
Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series with Iowa State, 28-10... The Wildcats have won 19 of the last 21 meetings, including four straight, against the Cyclones... K-State is 12-5 against Iowa State in matches played in Ames... The Wildcats won last year’s meeting between the schools, 7-0, on April 19, 2013 in Wamego, Kan.... K-State leads the series with West Virginia, 2-0... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 4-0, in the Big 12 Championships on April 25, 2013... First meeting between Kansas State and West Virginia in Morgantown.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – After running its home win streak to seven matches last weekend, No. 52 Kansas State will begin its Big 12 schedule this weekend. K-State travels to Morgantown, W. Va., to face the Mountaineers on Friday at 12 p.m., then will conclude the weekend in Ames, Iowa on Sunday against Iowa State at 11 a.m.
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 outing on March 8, K-State (6-5) ended a four-match losing streak but upsetting No. 32 Wichita State, 4-3. The Wildcats tallied the doubles point followed by victories at number one, three and four singles. K-State has now won seven straight home matches dating back to the final two home matches of the 2013 season.
K-State has been led in doubles action this spring by the tandem of senior Petra Niedermayerova and junior Amina St. Hill. Niedermayerova and St. Hill ran their record together to 5-1 this spring with a win over Wichita State’s top duo. In her career, Niedermayerova became the second Wildcat in school history to reach the 70-win mark in doubles as she is second in the program’s history with a mark of 70-45 (.609). She needs four doubles wins to secure the career doubles record.
In singles, Niedermayerova is pacing the squad from the top of the lineup. The two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American and the three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection won for the 11th time in her last 13 matches.
For the season in singles action, Niedermayerova has led K-State from the top of the lineup. Ranked No. 46 in the national ITA singles rankings, Niedermayerova owns a team-leading record of 17-5 in singles including an 8-1 record this spring from the top spot in the lineup.
Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins to 97-38 (.719), which includes a mark of 59-15 from the top position in the K-State lineup. Her career singles winning percentage of .719 ranks second in program history.
Following this weekend’s matches, the Wildcats will close out its 2014 non-conference schedule as K-State heads to California to face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. The match is slated for a 2 p.m. (CT), first serve.
Among the ITA Rankings
In the debut of the spring 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national team rankings, Kansas State checked in at No. 55 on Jan. 2 and is currently ranked No. 52 in the March 11 listing. The Wildcats are also represented in the national singles rankings by Petra Niedermayerova.
K-State has appeared in 47 of the last 53 ITA national team rankings dating back to Feb. 8, 2011.
Niedermayerova opened her final spring season ranked No. 42 in the national ITA singles rankings and is No. 3 in ITA Central Region rankings. She is currently ranked No. 46 in the national ITA singles poll as of March 11. She has now appeared in 35 consecutive national ITA singles rankings with a career-best of No. 11 in the March 26, 2013 rankings.
Niedermayerova Rising in Career Doubles Listing
Petra Niedermayerova has put her stamp on the K-State career singles record and she will look to do the same in the K-State doubles listing as well.
The senior from Brno, Czech Republic, has notched a career doubles record of 70-45 (.609) to rank second in school history. She is the fifth player in school history to rank among the career singles and doubles wins lists. She needs four doubles wins to secure the record.
Last season in doubles, Niedermayerova owned a mark of 27-11 (.711). The 27 victories are were a single season school record. Her winning percentage of .711 ranked sixth for a season. Paired with former Wildcat four-year letter winner and All-Big 12 selection Karla Bonacic, Niedermayerova reached the Round of 16 at the 2013 NCAA Division I Doubles Championships, while capturing the Big 12 title for number one doubles.
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 31-36, which includes a 6-11 mark in Big 12 play.
Earlier this spring, the product of Gothenburg, Sweden, pieced together a career-best six-match winning streak from Nov. 9 to Feb. 22. For the season, she owns a record of 11-8 and needs three wins to surpass her single season-high of 13 from the 2012-13 season.