Sept. 17, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s tennis will kick-off its 2013 fall schedule this weekend, as the Wildcats will host the K-State Fall Invitational, Friday through Sunday, at the new Mike Goss Tennis Stadium. All matches this weekend are free and open to the public. Friday’s action begins at 10 a.m., Saturday’s play starts at 9 a.m., and Sunday begins at 9 a.m.
Teams competing in the flighted round-robin format will be Wichita State, UMKC and Omaha. This will be the first fall event at K-State since Sept. 20-21, 1997, as K-State hosted the Wildcat Travelers Express Invitational.
The Wildcats are led into the 2013 fall slate by senior Petra Niedermayerova. The first two-time ITA All-American in school history enters her final campaign with the Wildcats ranked No. 12 in the nation in singles play.
The product of Brno, Czech Republic concluded her 2012-13 season with a single-season school record for wins in singles action (32-10, .762) and a single-season school record for wins in doubles play (27-11, .711). She ended the season with wins in six of her final eight matches and possessed a 12-8 record against ITA ranked singles opponents. At the conclusion of the season, Niedermayerova earned her second straight ITA All-American honor, her second career ITA Central Region Player to Watch award, garnered her third straight unanimous All-Big 12 singles selection and her second career All-Big 12 doubles honor.
She was also successful in the classroom in 2012-13, as she earned her first Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large First Team citation, her second straight Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor and the Big 12 Conference’s inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s tennis.
For her career, Niedermayerova owns the school record for singles wins with an 80-33 (.708) mark. Her career singles winning percentage of .708 ranks second in school history. She enters this season with a career doubles record of 60-40 (.600) and needs 14 doubles victories this season to capture the school record for doubles wins in a career.
In addition to the return of Niedermayerova, Kansas State will return another letterwinner for the 2013-14 season in junior Amina St. Hill. The native of Gothenburg, Sweden concluded her first full season in Manhattan with a record of 13-16 and owns an overall career mark of 20-28. In 2012-13, St. Hill tallied a 12-12 record in straight set matches and closed out the season with wins in two of her final three matches.
The pair of returners will lead a talented sextet of freshmen brought in by K-State head coach Steve Bietau. The six newcomers for the 2013-14 season are: Iva Bago, Liv Cirnu, Palma Juhasz, Tegan Louw, Riley Nizzi and Maria Panaite.
Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, dedicated on Sept. 7, is located at the new outdoor facility for the Chester E. Peters K-State Rec Center and was part of a $3 million renovation of the outdoor facilities through the collaborative agreement between Kansas State Athletics, the K-State SGA and the K-State Student Rec Center.
The stadium features six outdoor courts, with purple playing surfaces and Powercats dividing the courts. The courts also feature a Musco lighting system, steel benches with K-State welded into the back rests and metal bleachers on the south side of the court with room to accommodate 400 fans.
Following this weekend’s action, K-State will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in the Hoosier Classic on Sept. 27-29.
K-State Fall Invitational
Sept. 20-22 | Mike Goss Tennis Stadium | Manhattan, Kan.
Friday, Sept. 20
10 a.m. K-State vs. UMKC
1 p.m. Wichita State vs. Omaha
4 p.m. K-State vs. Omaha and Wichita State vs. UMKC
Saturday, Sept. 21
9 a.m. Omaha vs. UMKC
12 p.m. K-State vs. Wichita State
3 p.m. K-State vs. UMKC and Wichita State vs. Omaha
5 p.m. K-State vs. Wichita State and Omaha vs. UMKC
Sunday, Sept. 22
9 a.m. Wichita State vs. UMKC
11:30 a.m. K-State vs. Omaha