Wildcats Roll to Eighth Win

Karla Bonacic

March 4, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With a quick start in doubles action, No. 45 Kansas State recorded its eighth win in nine tries on Friday afternoon with a 4-0 victory over Houston at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. The Wildcats are now 8-1 this season and continue on its best start since the 1989 season.

K-State’s afternoon opened with two wins in doubles action to seal the point for the Wildcats. The first win came from the pairing of freshman Petra Niedermayerova and junior Nina Sertic with a 8-2 decision over Joanna Kacprzyk and Maja Kazimieruk. The duo of Niedermayerova and Sertic is now 3-1 this season.

The Wildcats’ second doubles win came from sophomore Karla Bonacic and senior Antea Huljev, as the duo defeated Bryony Hunter and Giorgia Pozzan, 8-3. Bonacic and Huljev are now 3-0 this season and are 7-6 over the last two seasons.

In singles action, Niedermayerova continued her strong first season with a straight sweep of Pozzan, 6-0, 6-0, at number one singles. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 123 in the Campbell/ITA singles rankings this week, is now 8-1 this spring and is 13-6 overall. She improved to 11-3 in straight matches this season, including a current six-match winning streak.

Following Niedermayerova’s sweep, Bonacic took the court and swept her way past Kazimieruk, 6-1, 6-2, at number two singles. The match was Bonacic’s second career match at number two in the lineup and extended her win streak to nine this spring. Overall, the product of Split, Croatia, owns a 13-6 record and improved her career record to 25-21.

Sealing the victory for K-State on Friday was Huljev with a 7-6, 1-6, 6-2 decision over Kacprzyk at number three singles. This was Huljev third career match at the number three position in the lineup and her first since her freshman campaign in 2008. The native of Velenje, Slovenia, improved her career record in three set matches to 21-15 and her overall career record to 55-64.

The top three positions of K-State’s singles lineup now owns a record of 24-2 this spring, with 17 of the wins coming in straight sets.

Kansas State will travel to Hutchinson, Kan., to face Wichita State on Sunday at 1 p.m. The match will be contested at the Prairie Dunes Country Club.

Houston (7-5, 0-0 Conference USA) at (45) Kansas State (8-1, 0-0 Big 12)
March 4, 2011
Manhattan, Kan. — Body First Tennis and Fitness Center
Final Results

(45) Kansas State 4, Houston 0

Doubles:
1. Karla Bonacic/Antea Huljev (KSU) def. Bryony Hunter/Giorgia Pozzan (UH), 8-3
2. Petra Niedermayerova/Nina Sertic (KSU) def. Joanna Kacprzyk/Maja Kazimieruk (UH), 8-2
3. Ana Gomez Aleman/Petra Chuda (KSU) def. Dionne Sanders/Jo Garvey (UH), 6-1 DNF

Order of Finish: 2, 1

Singles
1. (123) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Giorgia Pozzan (UH), 6-0, 6-0
2. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Maja Kazimieruk (UH), 6-1, 6-2
3. Antea Huljev (KSU) def. Joanna Kacprzyk (UH), 7-6, 1-6, 6-2
4. Nina Sertic (KSU) vs. Dionne Sanders (UH), 6-2, 1-3 DNF
5. Petra Chuda (KSU) vs. Jo Garvey (UH), 6-1, 4-1 DNF
6. Elana Kazakova (UH) vs. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU), DNP

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*

*- match decided