No. 53 Wildcats Lose Heartbreaker to Mean Green

No. 17 Petra Niedermayerova won her fourth straight match on Saturday.

Feb. 4, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Holding a 3-0 lead on Saturday, No. 53 Kansas State women’s tennis was unable to secure the match-clincher in three 3-set matches as North Texas stormed back to defeat the Wildcats, 4-3, at the Billingsley Tennis Center. K-State is now 2-3 on the season, while North Texas improves to 3-3.

The Wildcats captured the doubles’ point to jump start its afternoon. The number one and two pairing for head coach Steve Bietau registered 8-3 and 8-2 wins, respectively. Bietau was bidding for career win No. 250 on Saturday.

The match loss ended a string of 16 matches in which K-State won the doubles point and proceeded to win the match. The last time K-State won the doubles point but lost the match was April 9, 2010 at Colorado.

K-State continued its momentum from the doubles win into the early singles results, as sophomore Petra Niedermayerova improved her winning streak to four matches with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Valentina Starkova at number one singles to push K-State’s lead to 2-0. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 17 in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, is now 10-7 this season and 34-17 in her career. Her win on Saturday was her 29th in a straight set match.

The Wildcats’ lead increased to 3-0 with junior Karla Bonacic winning for the fifth time in her last six matches. Bonacic, ranked No. 94 in the national singles rankings, defeated Kseniya Bardabush, 6-0, 6-3, to improve her record this season to 10-5 and 43-29 in her career.

The Mean Green was able to secure momentum in the match with a straight set win at number four singles. North Texas then proceeded to hold off K-State at number three, five and six singles to clinch Saturday’s match.

Kansas State finishes its action in Fayetteville on Sunday, as the Wildcats face No. 32 Arkansas at 12 p.m.

(53) Kansas State (2-3, 0-0 Big 12) vs. North Texas (3-3, 0-0 Sun Belt)
February 4, 2012
Fayetteville, Ark. — Billingsley Tennis Center
Final Results    

North Texas 4, (53) Kansas State 3
1. Petra Niedermayerova/Carli Wischhoff (KSU) def. Valentina Starkova/Barbora Vykydalova (UNT), 8-3
2. Karla Bonacic/Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Irina Paraschiv/Kseniya Bardabush (UNT), 8-2
3. Nadia Lee/Franzi Sprinkmeyer (UNT) def. Marketa Trousilova/Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU), 8-4

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

1. (17) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Valentina Starkova (UNT), 6-3, 6-0
2. (94) Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Kseniya Bardabush (UNT), 6-0, 6-3
3. Nadia Lee (UNT) def. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU), 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
4. Irina Paraschiv (UNT) def. Carli Wischhoff (KSU), 7-5, 6-3
5. Paula Dinuta (UNT) def. Amina St. Hill (KSU), 7-6, 6-7, 6-0    
6. Ilona Serchenko (UNT) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

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

*- match decided