Feb. 8, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State faced a former Big 12 member on Saturday afternoon at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center and the Wildcats registered a 4-1 win over Colorado. The Wildcats have now won five straight matches for the first time since Jan. 21-Feb. 2011 when the Wildcats opened the season with seven straight wins.
The afternoon’s match between the Wildcats and Buffaloes used experimental formats set up by the ITA. All of the singles and doubles were played to six games, with regular scoring and tiebreakers at 6-all. If a singles match splits sets, a match tiebreaker was played instead of a third set. Doubles play was halted after a winner was decided.
The Wildcats (5-1) outdueled the Buffaloes (3-3) with wins at number one and three doubles. Head coach Steve Bietau utilized the doubles lineup he used against Liberty on Feb. 1, and was rewarded with the third straight doubles point.
At number one doubles, Petra Niedermayerova and Amina St. Hill registered a 6-1 win over Nuria Ormeno Ruiz and Winde Janssens. This was just the third time Niedermayerova and St. Hill were paired together and the duo is now 3-0 together.
With the doubles victory, Niedermayerova boosted her career doubles record to 68-44 to move into sole possession of second on the K-State career doubles wins list. With seix more doubles victories, she will become the K-State career record holder for doubles wins.
The Wildcats registered the doubles point, as the number three tandem of freshmen Livia Cirnu and Maria Panaite came back from a 4-3 deficit to defeat Julyette Steur and Ashley Tiefel 7-5. The tandem of Cirnu and Panaite are 2-0 this season.
In singles after Colorado captured a win at number two singles, Niedermayerova secured her eighth win in her last 10 singles matches to give K-State a 2-1 lead. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 42 in the national ITA singles rankings, swept past Steur, 6-1, 6-3.
The product of Brno, Czech Republic, is 14-5 this season, owns a career mark of 77-21 in straight set matches including a 12-2 record this season.
Niedermayerova, a two-time ITA All-American and three-time All-Big 12 singles selection, improved her school record for career singles wins 94-38 (.712). Her career singles winning percentage of .712 ranks second in program history.
Panaite joined Niedermayerova in the win column with a 6-4, 6-0 win at number three singles over Janssens. The freshman from Velika, Croatia, is now 7-8 this season and improved to 6-6 in straight set matches.
For the second straight match, Cirnu secured the victory for K-State at number five singles with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Dhany Quevedo. Cirnu has now won five straight matches for the first time in her career and owns a record of 11-7.
K-State will return to action on Feb. 22-23 in Tulsa, Okla., as the Wildcats face No. 63 North Texas and No. 28 Tulsa.
Colorado (3-3) vs. (53) Kansas State (5-1)
February 8, 2014 | Manhattan, Kan. | Body First Tennis and Fitness Center
(53) Kansas State 4, Colorado 1
1. Petra Niedermayerova/Amina St. Hill (K-State) def. Nuria Ormeno Ruiz/Winde Janssens (CU), 6-1
2. Alexandra Aiello/Carla Manzi (CU) def. Palma Juhasz/Iva Bago (K-State), 6-2
3. Livia Cirnu/Maria Panaite (K-State) def. Julyette Steur/Ashley Tiefel (CU), 7-5
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. (42) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. Julyette Steur (CU), 6-1, 6-3
2. Alexandra Aiello (CU) def. Iva Bago (K-State), 6-2, 6-3
3. Maria Panaite (K-State) def. Winde Janssens (CU), 6-4, 6-0
4. Palma Juhasz (K-State) vs. Nuria Ormero (CU), 6-2, 5-6 DNF
5. Livia Cirnu (K-State) def. Dhany Quevedo (CU), 6-0, 6-4
6. Amina St. Hill (K-State) vs. Carla Manzi (CU), 6-2, 5-0 DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3, 5*
*- match decided