No. 53 K-State Upsets No. 10 Baylor, 4-3

Petra Niedermayerova

March 18, 2011

WACO, Texas – For just the fourth time in the history of the series and the first time since the 2000 season, No. 53 Kansas State defeated No. 10 Baylor, 4-3, on Friday night at the Baylor Tennis Center. K-State won its Big 12 opener for the first time since the 2006 season and halted a 10-match losing streak to the Lady Bears.

K-State improved to 10-1 this season and is now 1-0 in Big 12 action. With the victory, Kansas State reached the 10-win mark for the first time since the 2006 campaign and registered its third win over an opponent in the Campbell/ITA National Rankings. Friday night’s match was the first of five straight matches for the Wildcats against ranked opponents. Baylor falls to 9-3 this season and 1-1 in league play.

“This was an incredible effort on the part of our team,” said head coach Steve Bietau. “I felt like all year long that this was a good group and we enjoyed working with them. For these girls to get a reward like this is really a huge thing for them and for the program.” 

Kansas State opened the evening by securing the doubles point with wins at number two and number three doubles. The duo of junior Nina Sertic and freshman Petra Niedermayerova outlasted the pair of Diana Nakic and Taylor Ormand at number two doubles, 8-6, to tie the doubles action at one.

The Wildcats notched the doubles point with a win from the combination of sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman and junior Petra Chuda. The K-State pair held off Jelena Stanivuk and Cristina Danaila in a tie-breaker, 9-8. K-State has now won the doubles point eight times this season and is unbeaten when securing the first point.

Baylor notched wins at number four and number two singles to grab a 2-1 lead before Niedermayerova evened the match with her victory at number one singles. Niedermayerova recorded her third career victory over a ranked opponent, as she defeated No. 19 Sona Novakova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. This was Niedermayerova’s best win over a ranked foe, topping her win on Jan. 14, 2011 over then-No. 67 ranked Nadja Gilchrist of Georgia. She now owns a record of 3-1 in matches against ranked opponents, with all three victories coming in straight sets.

For the season, Niedermayerova is 15-6 and owns a 10-1 record this spring with all of her matches coming from the number one position of the K-State lineup.

The Lady Bears recovered to push in front, 3-2, with a win at number three singles, but the lead was short-lived. Sertic was able to come from behind to win a three-set battle with Danaila, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at number five singles and knot the match at three.

The win improves Sertic’s overall record this season to 11-7 and brings her record in three-set matches to 4-1. As a team this season, K-State is now 8-1 at the number five position in the lineup.

Sophomore Carmen Borau Ramos sealed the upset with a hard-fought 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win over Abby Stainback at number six singles. Borau Ramos was a late addition to the K-State lineup, as Bonacic took ill prior to the start of singles. The win for Borau Ramos was her first since Jan. 21, also in three sets to New Mexico’s Laura Richardson.

Kansas State will conclude its two-match Big 12 opening trip in the state of Texas at No. 63 Texas Tech on Sunday. The Wildcats at Lady Raiders will square off at 11 a.m.

(53) Kansas State (10-1, 1-0 Big 12) at (10) Baylor (9-3, 1-1 Big 12)
March 18, 2011
Waco, Texas — Baylor Tennis Center
Final Results

(53) Kansas State 4, (10) Baylor 3

1. (42) Nina Secerbegovic/Sona Novakova (BU) def. Karla Bonacic/Antea Huljev (KSU), 8-2
2. Nina Sertic/Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Diana Nakic/Taylor Ormand (BU), 8-6
3. Ana Gomez Aleman/Petra Chuda (KSU) def. Jelena Stanivuk/Cristina Danaila (BU), 9-8

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

1. Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. (19) Sona Novakova (BU), 6-3, 6-4
2. (34) Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Antea Huljev  (KSU), 6-4, 6-1
3. (44) Diana Nakic (BU) def. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU), 6-4, 6-3
4. (119) Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Petra Chuda (KSU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Nina Sertic (KSU) def. Cristina Danaila (BU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Abby Stainback (BU), 7-6, 4-6, 6-4

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

*- match decided