Wildcats Win Opener over Lobos

Ana Gomez Aleman

Jan. 21, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the seventh straight season Kansas State women’s tennis captured its season-opener, as the Wildcats recorded a 6-1 decision over New Mexico on Friday night at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. K-State secured its first win of the season with the doubles point and five singles victories.

The Wildcats secured the doubles point with wins from its number one and three pairings. The duo of sophomore Karla Bonacic and freshman Petra Niedermayerova improved their record together to 8-5 this season, as they defeated New Mexico’s top tandem of Anya Villanueva and Ashley Bonner, 8-5.

K-State’s number three pair of sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman and junior Nina Sertic quickly dispatched of the Lobos’ Micheala Oldani and Kristin Egglesten, 8-2. Gomez Aleman and Sertic are now 6-4 when paired together this season.

In singles action, Niedermayerova made her K-State spring debut at the number one position in the lineup. The product of Brno, Czech Republic notched a 7-6, 6-1 decision over Micheala Bezdickova. Niedermayerova is now 6-5 in her first season with the Wildcats.

Senior Antea Huljev won her 49th career match with a three-set decision over Nikolina Grbac at number two. Huljev now owns a career record of 49-62 and is 18-14 in three-set matches in her career, including a 3-1 mark this season.

Bonacic was also victorious in singles play, notching a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Eggleston at the number three position. With the win, Bonacic improves to 5-6 on the season and 17-21 for her career. She is now 3-0 in her career when playing in the third position in the K-State singles’ lineup.

K-State was also bolstered by the bottom of its lineup on Friday, as sophomores Carmen Borau Ramos and Gomez Aleman each secured wins. Borau Ramos needed a third set tiebreaker to upend Laura Richardson at the number five position, 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4). The win was Borau Ramos’ first 3-set victory of the season and brings her career record in extended matches to 4-8. The native of Jaca, Spain, now owns a career mark of 15-24 and is 6-4 when playing in the number five position.

Gomez Aleman improved her record this season to 6-7 with a 6-1, 6-2, win over Ashley Bonner at number six. The Murcia, Spain product is now 17-29 in her career.

Kansas State returns to action on Sunday at 12 p.m., as the Wildcats host Drake at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. Sunday’s match will feature K-State’s participation in the USTA Campus Kids’ Day, with all kids in sixth grade or younger receiving a K-State women’s tennis t-shirt, a Planet Sub sandwich and a drink.

New Mexico (0-1, 0-0 Mountain West) at Kansas State (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
January 21, 2011
Manhattan, Kan. — Body First Tennis and Fitness Center
Final Results

Kansas State 6, New Mexico 1

Doubles:
1. Karla Bonacic/Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Anya Villanueva/Ashley Bonner (NU), 8-5
2. Micheala Bezdickova/Nikolina Grbac (UNM) def. Antea Huljev/Petra Chuda (KSU), 8-5
3. Ana Gomez Aleman/Nina Sertic (KSU) def. Micheala Oldani/Kristin Egglesten (UNM), 8-2

Singles:
1. Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Michaela Bezdickova (UNM), 7-6, 6-1
2. Antea Huljev (KSU) def. Nikolina Grbac (UNM), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Kristin Eggleston (UNM), 6-3, 6-2
4. Anya Villanueava (UNM) def. Petra Chuda (KSU), 6-3, 6-3
5. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Laura Richardson (UNM), 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)
6. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. Micheala Oldani (UNM), 6-1, 6-2