K-State women’s tennis kicks off the 2014 season


No. 55 K-State women’s tennis will face their first opponent
of the 2014 season, No. 51 Arkansas, this weekend in the ITA
Season Kickoff Weekend in Athens, Ga. The Wildcats’ first matches will begin Friday at 8 a.m.

The Wildcats finished the 2013 season ranked No. 54 in the
final ITA national team rankings with a 10-11 record.

K-State will have two letter winners returning from the 2013 season, senior Petra Niedermayerova and junior Amina St. Hill. Niedermayerova has appeared in 28 consecutive national singles rankings. In March 2013, she landed her career-best ranking as No. 11. She finished the fall season with a record of 9-4 in singles.

Niedermayerova will enter the spring 2014 season, her final season as a Wildcat, ranked No. 42 in the national ITA singles rankings and No. 3 in ITA Central Region rankings. The first two-time ITA All-American in the program’s history will begin this spring as the career singles win leader with a record of 89-37.

St. Hill will begin her spring season after a 6-6 singles record for the fall, and a 5-3 total doubles record. In her career at K-State, she holds a 26-34 record in singles and a 15-27 overall career doubles record. She will spend the spring preparing to lead the team after Niedermayerova graduates after this season, leaving St. Hill as the most experienced player on the team.

Six freshmen will compete on head coach Steve Bietau’s 2014 women’s tennis roster in addition to the letter winners.

After facing Arkansas on Friday, K-State will face either No. 4 Georgia or No. 74 Elon on Saturday. All matches will take place at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Ga.