No. 46 K-State Falls in Opener to No. 7 Georgia

Karla Bonacic secured K-State's first singles win of the spring on Friday.

Jan. 13, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. – No. 46 Kansas State opened its 2012 spring schedule on Friday evening at the Bulldog Invitational by facing the host and No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats, 6-1, and ended the Wildcats’ seven-match winning streak in season-openers.  

Georgia secured an early 1-0 lead by sweeping the doubles point. K-State’s number two pair of juniors Karla Bonacic and Carmen Borau Ramos pushed the Georgia duo of Chelsey Gullickson and Maho Kowase to the brink before falling, 8-6. Bonacic and Borau Ramos are now 3-2 this season in doubles play.

K-State’s lone win in singles action came from Bonacic at the number two position. The native of Split, Croatia, who is ranked No. 94 in the Campbell/ITA top-125 singles rankings, tallied a 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 22 Kowase. The win by Bonacic was her first over a ranked opponent since April 29, 2010 and the third of her career. For the season, Bonacic is 7-4 and 3-2 in straight set matches.

Kansas State will conclude its weekend at the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday, as the Wildcats will face Troy at 2 p.m.

(46) Kansas State (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) at (7) Georgia (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
January 13, 2012
Athens, Georgia — Dan Magill Tennis Complex
Final Results

(7) Georgia 6, (46) Kansas State 1
    
Doubles:
1. (60) Kate Fuller/Lauren Herring (UGa) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Marketa Trousilova (KSU), 8-2
2. Chelsey Gullickson/Maho Kowase (UGa) vs. Karla Bonacic/Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU), 8-6
3. Nadja Gilchrist/Lilly Kimbell (UGa) def. Petra Chuda/Carli Wischhoff (KSU), 8-4

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2  

Singles:
1. (2) Chelsey Gullickson (UGa) def. (17) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU), 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
2. (94) Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. (22) Maho Kowase (UGa), 6-4, 6-2
3. (52) Lauren Herring (UGa) def. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU), 6-1, 6-0
4. (56) Kate Fuller (UGa) def. Marketa Trousilova (KSU), 6-0, 6-4
5. Nadja Gilchrist (UGa) def. Amina St. Hill (KSU), 6-3, 6-1    
6. Lilly Kimbell (UGa) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU), 7-5, 6-3

Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 5*, 1, 6

*- match decided