No. 48 Wildcats Drop Road Finale

Karla Bonacic carded her third win over a ranked opponent and her second this weekend on Sunday.

April 7, 2013

WACO, Texas – No. 48 Kansas State closed out the longest road trip in the program’s history, 12 matches, on Sunday, but the Wildcats’ were unable to end the road stretch on a high note as No. 42 Baylor defeated K-State, 4-3, at the Hurd Tennis Center. K-State falls to 7-8 this season and 1-4 in Big 12 action, while the Lady Bears improve to 10-13 overall and 4-1 in the league.

Baylor secured the early lead with a pair of doubles wins to secure the 1-0 advantage. K-State is 2-8 this season when dropping the doubles point. The Wildcats lone doubles win on Sunday came from the top of its lineup.

At number one doubles, the No. 37 ITA-ranked tandem of Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic defeated Baylor’s top team and No. 29 ranked duo of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva, 8-7. Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 17-9 this season and 4-1 in Big 12 matches. The duo has won five straight doubles matches.

Over the last three seasons, Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 30-25 when paired together. Bonacic improves to 56-57 in her career in doubles play, while Niedermayerova is 55-39.

In singles action, Bonacic cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win over No. 120 Kisialeva at number two singles. The win was Bonacic’s third win this season over a ranked opponent and her second this weekend. The win improves her record against ITA ranked foes to 7-12.

With Sunday’s win, Bonacic owns a current five-match winning streak and boosts her record this season to 15-7 which marks her third straight season with 15 or more singles wins. Bonacic is now 55-18 in her career in dual match action, including a 32-11 mark from the No. 2 position in the lineup. Dating back to the final three matches of 2010, Bonacic has won 46 of her last 57 dual matches.

For her career, Bonacic became the fifth player and joins Niedermayerova as the second Wildcat this season to reach 70 singles win in a career. She ranks fifth in school history for career singles wins with a mark of 70-40 (.636).

Joining Bonacic in the singles win column on Sunday were senior Ana Gomez Aleman and freshman Ivana Kubickova. At number six singles, Gomez Aleman tallied a 6-2, 5-3 retire win over Alex Leatu. The win by Gomez Aleman was her fourth win in her last five matches. She is now 10-16 this season and 2-3 in Big 12 action. The win runs Gomez Aleman’s career record to 43-67.

Kubickova tallied her 20th win of her debut season with the Wildcats with a 6-3, 7-5 straight set win over Jordaan Sanford at number three singles. Kubickova is the first K-State freshman to win 20 matches in their rookie season since Petra Niedermayerova in the 2010-11 campaign. Kubickova, a product of Brno, Czech Republic, is 20-13 this season including an 8-7 record from the third position in the K-State lineup and a 3-2 mark in Big 12 action.

K-State returns to the Sunflower State next weekend to begin a four-match home stand to close out the 2013 regular season schedule. The Wildcats will host No. 15 Texas Tech on Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m., and No. 24 Texas on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. The matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Wamego Recreation Complex in Wamego, Kan.

(48) Kansas State (7-8, 1-4 Big 12) at (42) Baylor (10-13, 4-1 Big 12)
April 7, 2013
Waco, Texas | Hurd Tennis Center
Final Results

(42) Baylor 4, (48) Kansas State 3

1. (37) Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic (K-State) def. (29) Ema Burgic/Victoria Kisialeva (BU), 8-7 (7-0)
2. Alex Leatu/Jordaan Sanford (BU) def. Ivana Kubickova/Amina St. Hill (K-State), 8-3
3. Alex Clay/Kiah Generette (BU) def. Carmen Borau Ramos/Ana Gomez Aleman (K-State), 8-5

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

1. (10) Ema Burgic (BU) def. (11) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State), 6-3, 6-1
2. Karla Bonacic (K-State) def. (120) Victoria Kisialeva (BU), 6-3, 6-0
3. Ivana Kubickova (K-State) def. Jordaan Sanford (BU), 6-3, 7-5
4. Kiah Generette (BU) def. Amina St. Hill (K-State), 6-1, 6-1
5. Maria Biryukova (BU) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State), 6-4, 6-1
6. Ana Gomez Aleman (K-State) def. Alex Leatu (BU), 6-2, 5-3 (ret.)

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

*- match decided