No. 40 K-State Upset by No. 73 Missouri

Petra Niedermayerova

April 10, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 40 Kansas State looked to record its first weekend sweep in Big 12 action this season, but No. 73 Missouri foiled the plan with a 5-2 win at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats are now 13-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12, while the Tigers improve to 11-8 overall and 3-4 in the league.

Missouri jumped out to a 2-0 lead, boosted by a win from number two singles in straight sets. The Tigers secured the doubles’ point to begin the match, but benefitted in doing so from a retirement because of injury by senior Antea Huljev at number two doubles. Due to the injury, Kansas State head coach Steve Bietau was forced to move everyone in his singles lineup up a spot from the third position in the lineup down to the sixth.

Freshman Petra Niedermayerova brought the Wildcats to within one, 2-1, as she improved her winning streak to three matches with a hard fought 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win at number one singles over Mallory Weber. Niedermayerova trailed a set and was down 0-3 in the second set, but rebounded to force a third set. In the third set, Niedermayerova trailed 1-2 to begin the set but was able to break Weber’s serve and control the final set.

Niedermayerova, a product of Brno, Czech Republic, won her 20th match of the season and improved her record this spring to 15-3 including a 6-2 mark in Big 12 action. Niedermayerova is now 4-4 in three-set matches this season and secured her first win in an extended match since March 25.

Sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman squared the match at two with a marathon of a three-set match. Gomez Aleman set down Maria Christensen at number three singles, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, in a match that lasted over three hours. Gomez Aleman, a native of Murcia, Spain, has now won five straight matches and was her third win in three-sets during this stretch. The win by Gomez Aleman was her first at number three singles this season and was her first in the position since March 28, 2010.

The Tigers closed out the match with consecutive straight set wins at number four and number five singles.

Kansas State will begin a three-match road trip to close out the regular season on Friday. K-State will face No. 22 Oklahoma on Friday evening at 5 p.m., in Norman. The Wildcats will then travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State on Sunday at 12 p.m.

(73) Missouri (11-8, 3-4 Big 12 at (40) Kansas State (13-5, 4-4 Big 12)
April 10, 2011
Manhattan, Kan. — Body First Tennis and Fitness Center
Final Results

(73) Missouri 5, (40) Kansas State 2

Doubles:
1. Mallory Weber/Marlen Hacke (MU) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Nina Sertic (KSU), 8-3
2. Kaitlyn Ritchie/Maria Christensen (MU) def. Antea Huljev/Karla Bonacic (KSU) 2-3 (ret. - injury)  
3. Ana Gomez Aleman/Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Rachel Stuhlmann/Jamie Mera (MU), 8-6

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles:
1. (43) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Mallory Weber (MU), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
2. Kaitlyn Ritchie (MU) def. Karla Bonacic (KSU), 7-6 (9), 7-6 (2)
3. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. Maria Christensen (MU), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4
4. Marlen Hacke (MU) def. Nina Sertic (KSU), 6-4, 6-1
5. Jamie Mera (MU) def. Petra Chuda (KSU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU), 7-5, 6-1

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

*- match decided