March 18, 2014
(53) K-State at UC Santa Barbara
March 22, 2014 | Santa Barbara, Calif. | 2 p.m. (CT)
Kansas State Wildcats (8-5, 2-0 Big 12)
Last match: W, 5-2 at Iowa State on March 16, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateTEN
ITA Ranked Players: (46 - Singles) Petra Niedermayerova
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (3-12, 2-1 Big West)
Last match: L, 6-1 vs. Columbia on March 16, 2014
ITA Ranked Players: None
Series History and Notes
The series between K-State and UCSB is tied at 1-1... The Wildcats are 0-1 in matches played in Santa Barbara... The last meeting between the schools came on March 25, 2004, a K-State 5-2 win.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 53 Kansas State will end its three-match road trip with a spring break west coast trip to face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. (CT). The Wildcats will bring its three-match win streak with them and will look to win three consecutive road matches for the first time since the 2011 season.
Fans can receive score updates from the weekend’s matches by following the official K-State Athletic Department Twitter gameday feed (@kstate_gameday).
Last weekend, K-State (8-5, 2-0 Big 12) extended its win streak to three with victories at West Virginia (W, 4-3) and at Iowa State (W, 5-2). This is the first time since the 2002 season that K-State has opened Big 12 action with a 2-0 record.
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 6-1 this spring with a win over Iowa State’s top duo. In her career, Niedermayerova is second in the program’s history with a mark of 71-45 (.612). She needs three 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 has won 13 times in her last 15 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 19-5 in singles including a 10-1 record this spring from the top spot in the lineup. With a win on Saturday, Niedermayerova will secure her fourth straight 20-win season.
Niedermayerova improved her school record for career singles wins to 99-38 (.723), which includes a mark of 61-15 from the top position in the K-State lineup. A win on Saturday will be the 100th of her career, making her the first player in program history to reach triple digits in the category.
Following this weekend’s matches, the Wildcats return to Manhattan to begin a four-match home stand on March 28-30 against Oklahoma and Oklahoma. Both matches are slated for a 1 p.m., first serve at the new Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.