No. 41 K-State Outlasts Oklahoma State

Petra Niedermayerova

April 17, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. – Facing a 3-1 deficit with three singles matches in action, No. 41 Kansas State pieced together a strong comeback to defeat Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon at the DeBois Tennis Complex, 4-3. The victory by the Wildcats was just the second in 16 chances against the Cowgirls in matches played in Stillwater and just the sixth in 37 overall matches against Oklahoma State.

With the win, K-State has now tied for the second-highest win total in school history with a 14-6 record this season and is 5-5 in Big 12 action. Oklahoma State falls to 7-14 overall and 3-7 in the league.

“This win was definitely significant for us and hopefully helped us gain some momentum going into our last conference match and the conference tournament,” head coach Steve Bietau said about the victory. “We were looking for the bottom of our lineup to step up and they did that today. Ana had another great match today and her hard work is paying off for her.”

Oklahoma State was able to secure the first point with a pair of wins in doubles action. The Wildcats’ win in doubles play came at number three doubles from sophomores Ana Gomez Aleman and Carmen Borau Ramos. The pair set down Sasha Belova and Leyla Simmons, 8-4. This was K-State’s third win this season when dropping the doubles point and the first since Feb. 12 against Louisiana-Lafayaette.

The Cowgirls quickly captured a 2-0 lead with a win at number two singles, but the Wildcats brought the match back to within one with a win from Gomez Aleman at number three singles. The product of Murcia, Spain knocked off C.C. Sardinha, 6-3, 6-4 to improve her career-best winning streak to seven. Gomez Aleman is now 29-34 in her career including a 9-12 mark in Big 12 action with seven of the victories coming this season.

Oklahoma State built its lead back to two, 3-1, with a straight set win at number five singles, but K-State was prepped for its comeback. Junior Nina Sertic started the effort with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Malika Rose at number four singles. The win by Sertic was her first at number four singles since Feb. 19 and was her first since April 8. The native of Zagrab, Croatia is 14-13 this season and 4-6 in league play.

The comeback continued with freshman and No. 53 Petra Niedermayerova tying the match at three with a 7-6 (8), 6-2 win over Nataliya Shatkovskaya at number one singles. Niedermayerova, who is the Big 12 leader at the number one position, is now 8-2 in the league and tied for the second-most overall wins in school history by a freshman with a 22-8 record.

Finishing off the comeback was Borau Ramos with a marathon victory over Sarah Meghoufel, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, at number six singles. Borau Ramos ended a personal four-match losing streak with the victory and notched her third league win this season. The product of Jaca, Spain is no stranger to closing out wins for K-State, as she capped the Wildcats’ upset win over then-No. 10 Baylor earlier this season. 

Kansas State will end its regular season on Saturday, as the Wildcats visit Sunflower State rival Kansas for a 12 p.m., match.

(41) Kansas State (14-6, 5-5 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (7-14, 3-7 Big 12)
April 17, 2011
Stillwater, Okla. — DeBois Tennis Complex
Final Results

(41) Kansas State 4, Oklahoma State 3

Doubles:
1. Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Nina Sertic (KSU), 8-5
2. C.C. Sardinha/Sarah Meghoufel (OSU) def. Karla Bonacic/Petra Chuda (KSU) 8-4  
3. Ana Gomez Aleman/Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Sasha Belova/Leyla Simmons (OSU), 8-4

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

Singles:
1. (53) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Nataliya Shatkovskaya (OSU), 7-6 (8), 6-2
2. Sasha Belova (OSU) def. Karla Bonacic (KSU), 6-0, 6-0
3. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU), 6-2, 6-0
4. Nina Sertic (KSU) def. Malika Rose (OSU), 6-3, 6-4
5. Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Petra Chuda (KSU), 6-0, 6-1
6. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Sarah Meghoufel (OSU), 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

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

*- match decided