April 24, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – Seventh-seeded Kansas State advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships with a 4-0 win over 10th seeded West Virginia in Thursday’s first round action at the Friedman Tennis Center on the TCU campus. K-State improves its overall record to 10-12 this season and advances to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships for the 10th time in the program’s history.
“The way we won today was awesome,” said interim head coach Liz Ullathorne. “Every single one of them brought it and obviously it will give us great confidence heading into tomorrow. I know they’re all really excited about the opportunity against OSU.”
K-State secured the doubles point for the second straight match with wins at number three and two doubles. The Wildcats are 8-2 this season when they capture the doubles point.
At number three doubles, the freshmen duo of Livia Cirnu and Maria Panaite edged past Irinka Toidze and Oana Manole, 8-2. The win by Cirnu and Panaite captured their second straight win together and boosted their record to 4-8 this spring.
At number two doubles, the freshmen pairing of Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago ended a six-match skid with an 8-5 win over Kaja Mrgole and Vivian Tsui clinching the doubles point for K-State. This was the first win for Juhasz and Bag since March 22 at UC Santa Barbara. The duo is now 8-9 this season.
In singles, the Wildcats secured a quick 2-0 lead as Cirnu was the beneficiary of a retirement due to injury by Toidze at number five singles. Cirnu, a freshman from Constanta, Romania, won her third straight match which marks the first time she has won three straight singles matches since notching a personal best win streak of four straight from Jan. 31 to Feb. 22. This improves Cirnu’s record in her rookie season in Manhattan to 16-16.
Senior Petra Niedermayerova pushed K-State into a 3-0 lead with a straight set win at number one singles. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 51 in the ITA national singles rankings, eased past Hailey Barrett, 6-2, 6-3.
Niedermayerova, who has won 18 of her last 24 singles matches, owns a 24-9 overall record this season including a 15-5 mark in dual match play this spring. Her 24 wins this season are tied for fifth in school history for singles wins in a season, a record she set last season with 32 wins.
Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins to 104-42 (.713). Her career singles winning percentage of .713 ranks second in program history.
The clinching match point on Thursday came from Panaite at number three singles. The freshman from Velika, Croatia, captured her second straight win with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Manole. This was the first time Panaite has won consecutive matches since Jan. 31-Feb. 1. She is now 9-19 in her rookie campaign.
Kansas State will return to the court on Friday afternoon, as the Wildcats will face number two seed and No. 25 ITA ranked Oklahoma State at 3 p.m. Live results will be available at kstatesports.com and big12sports.com. Fans can also follow @kstate_gameday on Twitter for periodic updates.
(67) Kansas State (10-12, 3-6 Big 12) vs. West Virginia (3-18, 0-9 Big 12)
April 24, 2014 | Fort Worth, Texas | Friedman Tennis Center
Kansas State 4, West Virginia 0
1. Petra Niedermayerova/Amina St. Hill (K-State) vs. Hailey Barrett/Ikttesh Chanal (WVU), DNF
2. Palma Juhasz/Iva Bago (K-State) def. Kaja Mrgole/Vivian Tsui (WVU), 8-5
3. Livia Cirnu/Maria Panaite (K-State) def. Irinka Toidze/Oana Manole (WVU), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2
1. (51) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) vs. Hailey Barrett (WVU), 6-2, 6-3
2. Palma Juhasz (K-State) vs. Kaja Mrgole (WVU), DNF
3. Maria Panaite (K-State) vs. Oana Manole (WVU), 6-0, 6-2
4. Amina St. Hill (K-State) vs. Ikttesh Chanal (WVU), DNF
5. Livia Cirnu (K-State) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU), 5-0, ret.
6. Iva Bago (K-State) vs. Vivian Tsui (WVU), DNF
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 3*