Women’s tennis team hits the road for Big 12 openers

Emily DeShazer | The Collegian

The post Steve Bietau era will begin this weekend with the K-State women’s tennis team traveling across the county to start their spring Big 12 season. On Friday, the No. 52 Wildcats will square off against the West Virginia Mountaineers before heading back to the midwest on Saturday to play Iowa State.

The Wildcats have not lost a meeting with West Virginia so far during the Mountaineers short stint in the Big 12, leading the series 2-0. Last season, K-State dominated the Mountaineers, defeating them 4-0 in the Big 12 championships. However, this will be the Wildcats’ first time playing in Morgantown.

Iowa State is an opponent that the Wildcats are a little more familiar with. K-State leads the all-time series with the Cyclones 28-10, including a 7-0 win last season.

K-State enters this week’s competition coming off of an upset victory of No. 32 Wichita State.

The Wildcats could be relying heavily on senior Petra Niedermayerova, the all-time wins leader at K-State and three-time All Big 12 first team selection.

On Friday, the Wildcats will take to the courts at noon and on Saturday, K-State will play at 11 a.m.