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Wildcats Open Spring Season at ITA Kickoff


Jan. 21, 2014

K-State Athletics

Match Notes

Matches 1 & 2
(55) Kansas State vs. (51) Arkansas
(55) Kansas State vs. (74) Elon or at (4) Georgia
Friday & Saturday, Jan. 24 & 25, 2014 | 8 a.m.
Dan Magill Tennis Complex | Athens, Ga.

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Steve Bietau (Doane ‘79)
Career Record: 265-349 (.432) 30th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 4-3 vs. Texas Tech on April 26, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateTEN
ITA Ranked Players:
(42 - Singles) Petra Niedermayerova

Arkansas Razorbacks (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Michael Hegarty (Auburn ‘94)
Last game: W, 4-3 vs. Wichita State on Jan. 19, 2014
website: www.arkansasrazorbacks.com
Twitter: @ArkRazorbacks, @RazorbackWTEN
ITA Ranked Players:
(71 - Singles) Yang Pang
(115 - Singles) Shannon Hudson
(46 - Doubles) Yang Pang/Kimberley Ann Surin

Series History and Notes
Arkansas leads the series, 10-1... The Razorbacks won the last meeting, 5-2, on Feb. 5, 2012 in Fayetteville, Ark... K-State’s lone win came on Feb. 25, 1989, a 5-4 decision in Manhattan... Arkansas is 4-0 against the Wildcats in neutral site meetings.

ITA Kickoff Weekend Information
Website: itatennis.com/Events/Kick-OffWeekend.htm
Twitter: @ITATennis, #ITAKickoff

    
MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 55 Kansas State will open the 2014 spring schedule this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Athens, Ga., to face No. 51 Arkansas in the ITA Season Kickoff Weekend on Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. K-State will face either No. 4 Georgia or No. 74 Elon on Saturday, Jan. 25. Both matches will be contested at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.

Head coach Steve Bietau returns for his 30th season with the Wildcats and owns 265 career victories at the helm for K-State. Bietau’s 2014 roster includes six freshmen and a pair of letter winners from the 2013 squad. The Wildcats will look to build on a 10-11 record from 2013 including a 3-6 mark in Big 12 action. The Wildcats finished the 2013 season ranked No. 54 in the final ITA national team rankings.

The returning letter winners for the Wildcats are senior Petra Niedermayerova and junior Amina St. Hill. Niedermayerova will open her final spring season ranked No. 42 in the national ITA singles rankings and is No. 3 in ITA Central Region rankings. She has now appeared in 31 consecutive national ITA singles rankings with a career-best of No. 11 in the March 26, 2013 rankings. She registered a 9-4 record in the fall, which included a pair of top-10 wins over No. 8 Krista Hardebeck of Stanford and No. 5 Annet Schutting of California.

Niedermayerova, the first two-time ITA All-American in school history, enters her final campaign with the Wildcats as the career singles wins leader with a record of 89-37 (.706). Her career singles winning percentage of .706 ranks second in program history.

St. Hill will enter her third spring season with the Wildcats with a 26-34 career record. In the 2013 fall season, the native of Gothenburg, Sweden was 6-6 including consecutive wins to end the campaign at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

Following this weekend’s matches in Georgia, K-State will return to Manhattan to begin a four-match home stand. The Wildcats will host Northern Iowa on Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m., and Liberty on Saturday Feb. 1, at 12 p.m. The two matches will be contested indoors at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. All home matches are free and open to the public.

High Octane Petra  
Petra Niedermayerova has led the Wildcats from the front of the singles lineup since stepping on the K-State campus in 2010 and will look to conclude her career with a third ITA All-American honor. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 42 in the latest ITA national singles rankings (as of Jan. 2) enters the spring with a team-leading record of 9-4 which includes a pair of top-10 wins over No. 8 Krista Hardebeck of Stanford and No. 5 Annet Schutting of California.

Niedermayerova, the first two-time ITA All-American in school history, enters her final campaign with the Wildcats as the career singles wins leader with a record of 89-37 (.706). Her career singles winning percentage of .706 ranks second in program history. She has registered three straight seasons of 20 or more wins and her 32 wins in the 2012-13 season set a school record for singles wins in a season.

For her career, Niedermayerova holds the school record for career singles wins with a mark of 89-36 (.712), including a 28-21 record against ITA ranked foes. Niedermayerova’s career singles winning percentage of .712 ranks second in school history.         

The product of Brno, Czech Republic, owns a 50-14 mark in dual matches, including a Big 12 mark of 21-8, from the number one position.

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 will begin her third spring season with K-State with a career record of 26-34, which includes a 6-11 mark in Big 12 play.

The product of Gothenburg, Sweden, finished the fall season with a 6-6 record and ended the campaign with a pair of wins at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.