K-State's Win Streak Halted at Seven

Karla Bonacic

Feb. 20, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Karla Bonacic captured her eighth straight win of the spring but it was not enough for No. 51 Kansas State, as No. 37 Tulsa handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season, 4-1, on Sunday at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. K-State is now 7-1 this season, while Tulsa improves to 8-2.

Trailing 1-0 after Tulsa secured the doubles point, Kansas State tied the match as Bonacic tallied a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jo-Anne Karaitiana at number three singles. The win for Bonacic, a sophomore from Split, Croatia, was her eighth straight and brings her record this season to 12-6 and 8-6 in straight set matches. Including the final three matches of last spring, Bonacic has now won 11 consecutive spring matches and owns an overall career record of 24-21.

The Golden Hurricane regained the lead, 2-1, as Alexandra Kichoutkin outlasted K-State’s Petra Niedermayerova in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. The loss was the first of the spring for Niedermayerova, as she owned a seven-match win streak entering action on Sunday.

Tulsa took control of the match at 3-1 with a three-set win by Anastasia Erofeeva over Antea Huljev at number two singles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. This was Huljev’s first three-set loss this spring and her first since Sept. 25, 2010, as she now holds a 5-2 record this season in extended matches and a 20-15 mark for her career.

The match was sealed at number four singles, as Ewa Szatkowska set down Nina Sertic, 6-2, 6-1.

Following a week off, Kansas State will return to action on March 4 and March 6. The Wildcats will host Houston on Friday, March 4 at 2 p.m. The site of the match is yet to be determined due to the weather. On Sunday, March 6, K-State will travel to Hutchinson to face No. 61 Wichita State at 1 p.m.

(37) Tulsa (8-2, 0-0 Conference USA) at (51) Kansas State (7-1, 0-0 Big 12)
February 20, 2011
Manhattan, Kan. — Body First Tennis and Fitness Center
Final Results

(37) Tulsa 4, (51) Kansas State 1

Doubles:
1. Karla Bonacic/Antea Huljev (KSU) vs. Alexandra Kichoutkin/Jo-Anne Karaitiana (Tulsa) 5-5 (DNF)
2. Ewa Szatkowska/Anastasia Erofeeva (Tulsa) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Nina Sertic (KSU), 8-2
3. Bonny Davidson/Michelle Farley (Tulsa) def. Ana Gomez Aleman/Petra Chuda (KSU), 8-3

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1 (DNF)

Singles:
1. Alexandra Kichoutkin (Tulsa) def. Petra Niedermayerova (KSU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Anastasia Erofeeva (Tulsa) def. Antea Huljev (KSU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Jo-Anne Karaitiana (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-2 
4. Ewa Szatkowska (Tulsa) def. Nina Sertic (KSU), 6-2, 6-1
5. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) vs. Michelle Farley (Tulsa), DNF
6. Petra Chuda (KSU) vs. Sam Vickers (Tulsa), DNF

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

*- match decided