K-State Downs William & Mary to Open 2013

Petra Niedermayerova needed three-sets, but picked up her 63rd career win on Saturday.

Jan. 26, 2013

BOSTON, Mass. – Kansas State used a pair of three-set wins to defeat William & Mary, 4-3, on Saturday at the Murr Center on the Harvard campus. The Wildcats have now won eight of their last nine season openers.

“This was a very difficult match to win and we give a lot of respect to William & Mary, all of their players are very strong competitors,” said K-State head coach Steve Bietau. “I am happy with the way we finished the match. We still have a lot of improvements to make, but this win definitely is a very positive start of our season.”

After dropping the doubles point, K-State registered four singles wins to capture the match. Senior Ana Gomez Aleman ended a personal three-match skid to bring K-State back to even with the Tribe. Gomez Aleman defeated Sydney Smith, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 6 position. Gomez Aleman is 5-8 on the season and improved her career record at the No. 6 position to 2-0.

The Tribe secured a pair of straight set wins at the No. 4 and 5 spots in the lineup, but freshman Ivana Kubickova registered a straight set win of her own at the No. 3 position. Kubickova set down Leeza Nemchinov, 6-3, 7-5, to up her record to 13-6 in her debut season.

Senior Karla Bonacic recorded her first 3-set match win of the 2012-13 season and the 17th of her career with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2 come back at the No. 2 position over Jeltje Loomans. The win on Saturday for Bonacic was the 60th of her career (60-36) and the 22nd (22-7) in the No. 2 position in the lineup. Bonacic needs three wins to move into a tie for sixth in school history for career wins.

At the top of the K-State lineup, No. 15 ranked Petra Niedermayerova fought to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, win over Maria Belaya to close out the match for the Wildcats. With her win on Saturday, Niedermayerova tied for sixth in school history for career victories with a career mark of 63-28. She needs one win to tie for fifth and 16 wins to move into a tie for first. The junior from Brno, Czech Republic owns a team-leading record of 15-5 this season and is 2-1 in three-set matches.  

No. 64 K-State will face No. 73 Harvard on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. (CT), at the Murr Center to conclude the weekend in Boston. The Wildcats will return to Manhattan to host its first home match of the spring on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m., against Tulsa. The match will be played at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center.

(64) Kansas State (1-0) vs. William & Mary (3-2)
January 26, 2013
Boston, Mass. | Murr Center
Final Results

(64) Kansas State 4, William & Mary 3

1. (3) Maria Belaya/Jeltje Loomans (WM) def. (34) Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic (K-State), 8-4
2. Ivana Kubickova/Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State) vs. Hope Johnson/Leeza Nemchinov (WM), DNF
3. Anik Cepeda/Sydney Smith (WM) def. Ana Gomez Aleman/Amina St. Hill (K-State), 8-1

1. (15) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. Maria Belaya (WM), 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
2. Karla Bonacic (K-State) def. Jeltje Loomans (WM), 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2
3. Ivana Kubickova (K-State) def. Leeza Nemchinov (WM), 6-3, 7-5
4. Hope Johnson (WM) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State), 6-3, 6-4
5. Anik Cepeda (WM) def. Amina St. Hill (K-State), 6-3, 6-4
6. Ana Gomez Aleman (K-State) def. Sydney Smith (WM), 6-0, 6-1