Wildcats Endure to Defeat Cyclones, 4-3

WAMEGO, Kan. - Facing a 3-2 deficit on Sunday afternoon at the Wamego Recreation Complex, Kansas State women's tennis received a pair of marathon three-set wins from freshmen Carmen Borau Ramos and Karla Bonacic to defeat Iowa State, 4-3. The win halted a six-match skid for the Wildcats and improved its record to 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12. Iowa State falls to 9-8 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Playing its first home contest since Feb. 27, the Wildcats snared its first home win of 2010 and its first league win since April 11, 2009 against Nebraska.

"This was a match that neither team wanted to lose, especially us because we were already 0-3 in the conference," said K-State head coach Steve Bietau. "There may not have been 20,000 people here, but the pressure was big on these girls today and they came through. We wanted to see how our girls were going to respond to adversity and we got the right answer today."

The Wildcats faced an early 2-0 deficit, as the Cyclones captured the doubles point and earned a singles win at number one as Erin Karonis defeated K-State's Antea Huljev, 7-5, 6-0.

K-State evened the match at two as freshman Ana Gomez Aleman defeated Tessa Lang at number three singles, 6-2, 6-3, and sophomore Petra Chuda set down Liza Wischer at number six singles, 6-2, 6-4.

The win for Gomez Aleman ended a personal four match skid in singles action and brings her record to 10-15 in her debut season with the Wildcats. Chuda ended a five-match singles skid with the victory.

After an Iowa State win at number two singles, the Cyclones needed a victory in one of the final two singles' matches to clinch the conference win. The final two matches of the afternoon both resulted in three-set matches that were played for well over two and a half hours.

Borau Ramos, playing at number five singles, was able to secure her first victory in six matches by defeating Marie Christine Chartier, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Borau Ramos trailed 5-4 in the third set but evened the match at five and survived an extended tie-breaker to hold a 6-5 lead in the third set. She quickly secured the win by holding serve.

"At the beginning, I couldn't play. I was not getting to balls that I needed to get to," said Borau Ramos about the afternoon's proceedings. " I started out the third set well and felt pretty confident. She put pressure on me and I relaxed and let her back into the match. I regrouped and told myself 'It's now or never' and I just fought to the end."

Bonacic won her fourth match in six tries with a 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-1 decision over Jenna Langhorst at number four singles. Bonacic is now 4-4 this spring and garnered her first career win at the number four position in the lineup.

Kansas State returns to action on Wednesday, as the Wildcats host in-state rival Kansas at 2 p.m., at the Wamego Recreation Complex. If the weather is deemed unplayable, the match will be moved to the Cottonwood Racquet Club in Manhattan.

Iowa State (9-8, 2-3 Big 12) at Kansas State (4-8, 1-3 Big 12)
March 28, 2010
Wamego, Kan. - Wamego Recreation Complex
Final Results

Kansas State 4, Iowa State 3

Doubles
1. Erin Karonis/Jenna Langhorst (ISU) def. Antea Huljev/Nina Sertic (KSU), 8-4
2. Tessa Lang/Maria Macedo (ISU) def. Karla Bonacic/Petra Chuda (KSU), 8-6
3. Alyssa Palen/Liza Wischer (ISU) def. Carmen Borau Ramos/Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU), 8-6

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

Singles
1. Erin Karonis (ISU) def. Antea Huljev (KSU), 7-5, 6-0
2. Maria Macedo (ISU) def. Nina Sertic (KSU), 6-4, 7-6 (2)
3. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. Tessa Lang (ISU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Jenna Langhorst (ISU), 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-1
5. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Marie Christine Chartier (ISU), 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
6. Petra Chuda (KSU) def. Liza Wischer (ISU), 6-2, 6-4

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