K-State Suffers Narrow Defeat to Texas Tech

Karla Bonacic captured her 20th singles win of the season, which tied the match 3-3 on Friday.

April 26, 2013

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NORMAN, Okla. – Due to forecasted inclement weather within the area of the Headington Family Tennis Center, the Big 12 Conference adjusted the schedule of the K-State and Texas Tech Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships quarterfinal match on Friday, playing the singles matches ahead of the doubles matches. The adjustment added to the drama, as the Lady Raiders held off the resilient Wildcats, 4-3. K-State, the number seven seed, falls to an overall record of 10-11 this season.

Texas Tech (19-5), the number two seed in the Big 12 Championship, secured the first point with a straight set win at number three singles. The Lady Raiders would capture straight set wins at number three, four and five singles, but the Wildcats battled back each time to square the match.

K-State’s Petra Niedermayerova, ranked No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national singles rankings, eased past No. 78 Samantha Adams at number one singles, 6-1, 6-2, to tie the match at one. With the win, Niedermayerova became the second player in school history to win 30 singles matches in a season (30-9) and moves her within one win of tying Tamar Kvaratskhelia for the school record (31-7). Niedermayerova is 24-6 this season in straight set matches and 64-18 in her career in straight sets.

Niedermayerova, a junior from Brno, Czech Republic, moved into second on the K-State career singles wins list with a record of 78-32 (.709). She needs one singles win to move into a tie for first with Maria Rosenberg (2000-05; 79-54).

After the Lady Raiders retook the lead at 2-1, senior Carmen Borau Ramos pushed the Wildcats back into a tie with a 6-3, 6-3 win at number six singles over Caroline Starck. The win for Borau Ramos boosted her record this season to a career-best 13-19 and evened her record at number six singles at 3-3.

The product of Jaca, Spain, has won four straight matches, all coming from the final position in the K-State singles lineup. For her career, Borau Ramos owns a 15-18 record from the sixth position and owns a career mark of 43-67.

Texas Tech again captured the lead with a hard-fought two-set win at number five singles, but senior Karla Bonacic held off the Lady Raiders’ semifinal advancement. Bonacic tallied a three-set triumph over Rashmi Teltumbde at number two singles, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.

The win was Bonacic’s 10th in her last 11 outings and boosts her record this season to 20-8. This is Bonacic’s third straight season with 20 or more singles victories. She is 9-2 this season in three-set matches, including a current winning streak of nine in extended matches.

The senior from Split, Croatia, ranks fifth in school history for career singles wins with a mark of 75-41 (.647). In her career in dual match play, Bonacic owns a 59-19 record, including a 37-12 mark from the No. 2 position in the lineup. Dating back to the final three matches of 2010, Bonacic has won 51 of her last 63 dual matches.

Texas Tech closed out the match by winning the doubles point. The Lady Raiders tallied wins at number two (8-1) and number three doubles (8-2). K-State’s number one duo of Niedermayerova and Bonacic, ranked No. 26 in the ITA doubles rankings, were leading their match over No. 17 ranked Adams and Kenna Kilgo, 6-4, when it was halted.

K-State will now await its postseason team and individual fates. The 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Team Championships selections will be made on Tuesday, April 30. On Wednesday, May 1, the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles and Doubles Championship selections will be announced. Niedermayerova is expected to make her third straight appearance in the singles championships, while Niedermayerova and Bonacic have a chance of becoming K-State’s first-ever representatives in the doubles championships. The 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships will be contested May 17-27 on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill.

Kansas State Head Coach Steve Bietau

On K-State’s overall play in the match…
“Splitting the singles was a bit of a small victory in itself. I was happy with the way we played. We put up a pretty good fight everywhere. Petra played great. Their No. 1 is an awfully good player and the way Petra handled that is pretty impressive. The rest of it, we just battled pretty well and they were better in the doubles.”

Texas Tech Head Coach Todd Petty

On the way the match was contested by both teams…
“There were a lot of reasons why we shouldn’t or couldn’t win today and we definitely could have given in in several different areas. I was just really impressed with the character in which they played with. They came out and weren’t going to let that happen in the doubles and played some of their best in the doubles. That’s coming off one of our worst doubles, which was Baylor in the conference. I’m just impressed with them all. K-State’s a good team and we played great singles. We’re lucky to be there at 3-all. They really outplayed us in a lot of positions and that wasn’t our fault; that was a lot to do with them.”

(54) Kansas State (10-11, 3-6 Big 12) vs. (17) Texas Tech (19-5, 8-1 Big 12)
April 26, 2013 | 2013 Big 12 Tennis Championships – Quarterfinals
Norman, Okla. | Headington Family Tennis Center
Final Results

(17) Texas Tech 4, (54) Kansas State 3

1. (14) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. (78) Samantha Adams (TT), 6-1, 6-2
2. Karla Bonacic (K-State) def. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT), 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
3. Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Ivana Kubickova (K-State), 6-3, 6-0
4. Elizabeth Ullathorne (TT) def. Amina St. Hill (K-State), 6-3, 6-2
5. Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Ana Gomez Aleman (K-State), 6-0, 7-5
6. Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State) def. Caroline Starck (TT), 6-3, 6-3

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

1. (26) Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic (K-State) vs. (17) Samantha Adams/Kenna Kilgo (TT), 6-4 (dnf)
2. Rashmi Teltumbde/Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Ana Gomez Aleman/Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State), 8-1
3. Caroline Starck/Elizabeth Ullathorne (TT) def. Ivana Kubickova/Amina St. Hill (K-State), 8-2

Order of Finish: 2, 3*

*- match decided