Wildcats Dismantle Jayhawks, 7-0

WAMEGO, Kan. - Kansas State women's tennis recorded a first in the program's 34-year history on Wednesday, registering the first regular season sweep of rival Kansas, 7-0, at the Wamego Recreation Complex. The win marks the first time since the 2007 season that K-State has won consecutive Big 12 matches.

With the win, Kansas State improves to 5-8 on the season and 2-3 in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks fall to 9-8 and 1-4 in the conference with the loss. This was the first time since the start of the 2008 season that K-State has won consecutive home matches.

"This was a great win for our team today," said head coach Steve Bietau. "I think what happened today was a culmination of three things, the first is that we owe a lot of this win to a great strength and conditioning coach (Aaron Arnold). The second is that our kids are becoming more responsive to the things that we have asked them to do and the third is that they were willing to fight for this win today."

K-State started the day off on the right note by securing the doubles point with wins at number one and three. This was the first time since Feb. 27 that the Wildcats won a doubles point. Despite the early advantage, Bietau felt the match turned at a different point.

"I felt we took control of the match in the first 20-30 minutes of singles play. It was hot on the court today and we had to fight and grind every point out. The first 30 minutes were crucial and that is where I think we won the match."

The Wildcats quickly jumped to a 2-0 lead with a straight set win from freshman Ana Gomez Aleman over Sara Lazarevic, 6-0, 6-1, at number two singles. The win by Gomez Aleman was her second career victory at number two singles and it is the first time since Oct. 24-25, 2009 that she has earned consecutive singles wins. The product of Murcia, Spain is now 11-15 in her debut season with the Wildcats.

Sophomore Petra Chuda followed Gomez Aleman with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Victoria Khanevskaya at number six singles. This was Chuda's second straight win and brings her record this season to 10-14.

K-State secured the win at number four singles for the second straight match, as freshman Karla Bonacic defeated Kuni Dorn, 6-3, 6-4. Bonacic has now won five of her last seven singles matches and is 2-2 at the number four position.

Junior Antea Huljev closed out Katerina Morovoza in three-sets at number one singles. With the victory, Huljev improves her team-leading record to 13-16 this season.

Freshman Carmen Borau Ramos won her second straight match in three sets by coming back to defeat Erin Wilbert, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. In her last seven matches, Borau Ramos has played five 3-set matches.

Closing out the sweep was sophomore Nina Sertic at number three singles with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 decision over Maria Martinez. The win by Sertic ends a personal seven-match skid in singles action and his her first victory since Feb. 21.

Kansas State will make its final road trip of the 2010 spring season, as the Wildcats will visit No. 71 Colorado on April 9 and Missouri on April 11. K-State will begin a season-high four-match homestand on April 17 against Oklahoma.


Kansas (9-8, 1-4 Big 12) at Kansas State (5-8, 2-3 Big 12)
March 31, 2010
Wamego, Kan. - Wamego Recreation Complex
Final Results

Kansas State 7, Kansas 0

Doubles
1. Antea Huljev/Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Katerina Morovoza/Erin Wilbert (KU), 8-5
2. Kuni Dorn/Sara Lazarevic (KU) def. Nina Sertic/Petra Chuda (KSU), 9-8 (7-5)
3. Ana Gomez Aleman/Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Victoria Khanevskaya/Alessandra Dzuba (KU), 8-5

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles
1. Antea Huljev (KSU) def. Katerina Morovoza (KU), 6-1, 5-7, 10-7
2. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. Sara Lazarevic (KU), 6-0, 6-1
3. Nina Sertic (KSU) def. Maria Martinez (KU), 7-6 (5), 6-1
4. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Kuni Dorn (KU), 6-3, 6-4
5. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Erin Wilbert (KU), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
6. Petra Chuda (KSU) def. Victoria Khanevskaya (KU), 6-4, 6-1

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