March 14, 2014
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Kansas State opened its 2014 Big 12 schedule on Friday afternoon against West Virginia at the Ridgeview Racquet Club with a hard fought 4-3 win over the Mountaineers. The win snapped a four-match skid away from Manhattan and improved K-State’s record to 7-5 this season.
After West Virginia (1-9, 0-1 Big 12) captured the doubles point, K-State quickly tied the match at 1 with senior Petra Niedermayerova securing a win at number one singles over Hailey Barrett as Barrett retired due to injury. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 46 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national singles rankings, has now won 12 of her last 14 singles matches. She owns an 18-5 overall record this season, including a 9-1 mark in dual match play. She needs just two singles wins for her fourth straight 20-win season.
Niedermayerova, a two-time ITA All-American and three-time All-Big 12 singles selection, improved her school record for career singles wins 98-38 (.721). Her career singles winning percentage of .721 ranks second in program history. She is 22-8 in Big 12 matches in her career, with all 30 matches coming from the top of K-State’s lineup.
Freshman Palma Juhasz ended a two-match slide and won her first career match at the number two position in the lineup with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Kaja Mrgole, giving K-State a 2-1 lead. Juhasz improved to 11-9 this season, including a 5-5 record this spring.
West Virginia secured wins at number three singles to square the match at two each. Junior Amina St. Hill dropped her opening set at number four singles, but recovered for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Ikttesh Chahal.
St. Hill, a junior from Gothenburg, Sweden, improved her record this season to 12-8 and boosted her career record to 33-36 including a 6-7 record in three-set matches. She needs two wins to register a career-high for singles wins in a season. She is 7-11 in her career in Big 12 matches.
The Mountaineers came back and tied the match at three with a straight set win at number six singles. Freshman Iva Bago was able to win the match for the Wildcats by ending a personal four-match losing streak with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Vivian Tsui at number five singles. Bago, a rookie from Velika, Croatia, owns a 10-11 mark and is 7-8 in straight set matches.
Kansas State will conclude its two-match Big 12 road trip with a trip to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State on Sunday at 11 a.m.
(52) Kansas State (7-5, 1-0 Big 12) at West Virginia (1-9, 0-1 Big 12)
March 14, 2014 | Morgantown, W. Va. | Ridgeview Racquet Club
(52) Kansas State 4, West Virginia 3
1. Petra Niedermayerova/Amina St. Hill (K-State) vs. Oana Manole/Kaja Mrgole (WVU), 4-3 (DNF)
2. Hailey Barrett/Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) def. Palma Juhasz/Iva Bago (K-State), 8-1
3. Irinka Toidze/Vivian Tsui (WVU) def. Livia Cirnu/Riley Nizzi (K-State), 8-1
1. (46) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU), 6-2, 3-0 (ret.)
2. Palma Juhasz (K-State) def. Kaja Mrgole (WVU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Oana Manole (WVU) def. Livia Cirnu (K-State), 7-6 (4), 6-1
4. Amina St. Hill (K-State) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Iva Bago (K-State) def. Vivian Tsui (WVU), 6-3, 6-2
6. Irinka Toidze (WVU) def. Riley Nizzi (K-State), 6-0, 6-2