Wildcats Edged by Sooners

Ana Gomez Aleman

April 15, 2011

NORMAN, Okla. – No. 41 Kansas State looked for its fifth win this season over a ranked opponent, but No. 21 Oklahoma nipped the Wildcats on Friday night at the Headington Family Tennis Center, 4-3. K-State falls to 13-6 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12, while the Sooners improve to 15-5 and 7-2.

Oklahoma swept K-State in doubles action to take the first crucial point of the match. The point has been important this season for K-State, as the Wildcats are now 2-6 when dropping the first point.

The Wildcats were bolstered by the play of their top three singles players, as each secured a win. Kansas State now owns a combined record of 45-12 this spring from the numbers one through three positions in the singles lineup, which includes a 17-10 mark in Big 12 play.

Freshman Petra Niedermayerova improved her Big 12-leading singles record to 7-2 from the number one position with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Ana-Maria Constantinescu. Niedermayerova is now 16-3 this spring and owns a career record of 21-8 and a 17-4 mark in straight set matches. With one more singles victory, Niedermayerova will tie for the second-most victories in school history by a freshman and will tie for ninth in school history for singles wins in a season.

At number two singles, sophomore Karla Bonacic outlasted Alice Radu in a first set tiebreaker to secure a straight win of 7-6, 6-2. Bonacic is now 19-8 this season including a 5-2 mark in Big 12 action.

For her career, the product of Split, Croatia is 31-23 overall and 12-6 in league matches. Dating back to the final three matches of the 2010 spring season, Bonacic has won 18 of her last 20 dual match outings which includes an 8-2 mark in league action.

K-State’s final win of the evening came from sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman at number three singles. The native of Murcia, Spain edged past Whitney Ritchie in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8) and set a new career-high with a six-match winning streak. Gomez Aleman is now 17-12 this season and owns a career-best mark of 6-3 in conference matches.

Kansas State will conclude its trip through Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats travel to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State at 12 p.m.

(41) Kansas State (13-6, 4-5 Big 12) at (21) Oklahoma (15-5, 7-2 Big 12)
April 15, 2011
Norman, Okla. — Headington Family Tennis Center
Final Results

(21) Oklahoma 4, (41) Kansas State 3

Doubles:

1. (51) Ana-Maria Constantinescu/Alice Radu def. Petra Niedermayerova/Nina Sertic (KSU), 8-4
2. Peta Maree Lancaster/Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. Karla Bonacic/Petra Chuda (KSU) 8-0  
3. Tara Eckel/Marie-Pier Huet (OU) def. Ana Gomez Aleman/Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU), 8-1

Singles:

1. (53) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Ana-Maria Constantinescu (OU), 6-0, 6-4
2. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Alice Radu (OU), 7-6, 6-2
3. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) vs. Whitney Ritchie (OU), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
4. Marie Pier-Huet (OU) def. Nina Sertic (KSU), 6-0, 6-1
5. Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Petra Chuda (KSU), 6-2, 6-0
6. Maria Kalashnikova (OU) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU), 6-1, 6-3