No. 31 K-State Edged by No. 41 Huskers

Nina Sertic

April 1, 2011

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WAMEGO, Kan. – Facing a 3-1 deficit with three matches remaining, No. 31 Kansas State pieced together a come back attempt but fell just short as No. 41 Nebraska held on for a 4-3 upset win on Friday afternoon at the Wamego Recreation Complex. K-State is now 11-4 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12, while Nebraska improves to 15-3 and 3-1 in the league.

The Cornhuskers took control of the match early by sweeping through doubles action. It is the sixth time this season K-State has dropped the doubles point and the second time the Wildcats have been swept.

The Wildcats squared the match at one early in singles action, as sophomore Karla Bonacic dispatched of Steffi Weinstein at number three singles in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Bonacic is now 16-7 this season, including a 12-1 record this spring, and is 28-22 for her career and 9-5 in Big 12 matches. The product of Split, Croatia improved to 10-1 this season at the number three position in the lineup and owns a 12-1 career mark in the third position.

Nebraska regained the lead, as the Huskers tallied a pair of straight set wins at number two and six singles to hold a 3-1 advantage. Junior Nina Sertic kept the Wildcats in the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Frederike Putthoff at number five singles to bring K-State to 3-2. The win by Sertic ended a personal three-match skid and was her first victory since March 18 over Baylor’s Cristina Danaila in three sets. The victory was the 30th of Sertic’s career (30-45) and improves her record this season to 12-10 overall and 6-5 this spring.

With the final two matches in a third set, the squad’s split the pair with Nebraska winning at number one singles, 0-6, 7-5, 6-4, to secure the match win, while sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman tallied a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3 win at number four singles over Janine Weinreich. The win marked the first time Gomez Aleman has won consecutive singles matches since she pieced together a five-match win streak earlier this season from Jan. 21-Feb. 13.

Friday’s match ended a difficult portion of the schedule for K-State, as the Wildcats faced five straight ranked opponents to begin Big 12 action and finished 2-3 during the stretch. According to the March 29 Campbell/ITA national team rankings, Kansas State will face just one ranked foe (No. 22 Oklahoma, April 15) in its final six matches of the regular season.

Kansas State will look to put Friday’s loss behind them, as the Wildcats end the weekend in Ames, Iowa against Iowa State on Sunday at 12 p.m. The match will be contested at the Forker Tennis Complex.

(41) Nebraska (15-3, 3-1 Big 12) at (31) Kansas State (11-4, 2-3 Big 12)
April 1, 2011
Wamego, Kan. — Wamego Recreation Complex
Final Results

(41) Nebraska 4, (31) Kansas State 3

Doubles:
1. Madeleine Geibert/Steffi Weinstein (NU) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Nina Sertic (KSU), 8-3
2. Patricia Veresova/Janine Weinreich (NU) def. Antea Huljev/Karla Bonacic (KSU), 8-3 
3. Chelsea Finnegan/Maike Zeppernick (NU) def. Ana Gomez Aleman/Petra Chuda (KSU), 8-5

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

Singles:
1. Madeleine Geibert (NU) def. (43) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU), 0-6, 7-5, 6-4
2. Patricia Veresova (NU) def. Antea Huljev (KSU), 6-3, 7-6 (5)
3. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Steffi Weinstein (NU), 6-3, 6-4
4. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. Janine Weinreich (NU), 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3
5. Nina Sertic (KSU) def. Frederike Putthoff (NU), 6-4, 7-5
6. Maike Zeppernick (NU) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU), 6-3, 6-4

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

*- match decided