Wildcats Tested, Remain Unbeaten

Ana Gomez Aleman

Feb. 12, 2011

DENTON, Texas – Despite dropping the doubles point and playing five 3-set matches on Saturday, No. 52 Kansas State extended its season-opening winning streak to five with a 6-1 win over Louisiana-Lafayette at the Waranch Tennis Complex. K-State is 5-0 to open a season for the first time since the 1989 campaign and have won the first five matches of a season for just the third time in school history.

The Ragin’ Cajuns opened the afternoon with a 1-0 lead by capturing the doubles’ point. The Wildcats did not go quietly, as the number two duo of sophomore Karla Bonacic and freshman Petra Niedermayerova tallied an 8-6 victory over Julie Mazinova and Audrey Wooland. Bonacic and Niedermayerova are now 8-8 this season together and played their first match in the number two position in the doubles lineup.

In singles action, the Wildcats evened the match at one as junior Nina Sertic swept past Sandra Ahlqvist, 6-2, 6-2. The victory pushed Sertic’s mark this season to 8-6 and evens her record at 5-5 in two-set matches.

The remainder of the afternoon was a tense affair, as all five of the other singles matches went into a third set. Niedermayerova continued the strong start to her K-State career with her first three-set match of the spring, which was a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 decision over Julie Mazinova. Niedermayerova has now won five straight matches and has captured eight of her last nine matches. For the season, the Brno, Czech Republic product is one of two Wildcats to reach the 10-win mark.

At number two singles, senior Antea Huljev fought through an early first set loss to defeat Audrey Wooland, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. This was Huljev’s second straight three-set win and improved her record in extended matches this season to 5-1 and 20-14 for her career. The native of Velenje, Slovenia won her fifth straight match and boosted her record this season to 9-4 and her career mark to 53-62.

Bonacic also recorded her fifth straight victory this spring, as she held off Briggitt Marcovich, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. The victory by Bonacic evened her career record at 21-21, as she has now won six of her last seven outings. The Split, Croatia product is now 8-2 for her career in three-set matches, including a 3-0 mark this season. The top-3 positions of the K-State singles’ lineup is 15-0 this season.

Sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman improved her win streak to five with a three-set win over Milou Israel, 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2, at number four singles. Gomez Aleman joined Niedermayerova with her 10th victory of the season and her first three-set win of the 2010-11 campaign. The product of Murcia, Spain is now 21-29 in her career and 3-0 at the number four position in the lineup.

In the sixth position, junior Petra Chuda improved her win streak to four with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 decision over Mia Gordon. Chuda is 8-7 this season and 4-2 in three-set matches.   

Kansas State will conclude its season-long four-match road trip on Sunday, as the Wildcats will face No. 62 North Texas at 10 a.m., at the Waranch Tennis Complex.

(52) Kansas State (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (3-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)
February 12, 2011
Denton, Texas — Waranch Tennis Complex
Final Results

(52) Kansas State 6, Louisiana-Lafayette 1

Doubles:
1. Milou Israel/Briggitt Marcovich (ULL) def. Antea Huljev/Petra Chuda (KSU), 8-4
2. Karla Bonacic/Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Julie Mazinova/Audrey Wooland (ULL), 8-6
3. Sandra Ahlqvist/Mia Gordon (ULL) def. Nina Sertic/Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU), 8-5

Singles:
1. Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Julie Mazinova, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
2. Antea Huljev (KSU) def. Audrey Wooland (ULL), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Briggitt Marcovich (ULL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
4. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. Milou Israel 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2
5. Nina Sertic (KSU) def. Sandra Ahlqvist (ULL), 6-2, 6-2
6. Petra Chuda (KSU) vs. Mia Gordon (ULL), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3