K-State Advances to Big 12 Quarters with Record Win

Ana Gomez Aleman

April 28, 2011

WACO, Texas – With its 4-1 victory on Thursday afternoon, No. 44 Kansas State set the school record for wins in a season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships at the Baylor Tennis Center. K-State, the seventh seed in the tournament, is now 16-6 this season and will compete in the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2008 season, while Kansas ends its season with a 9-13 record.

The win by the Wildcats halted a three-match skid in the Big 12 Championships and improved K-State’s current win streak to three. It was also the program’s 10th win in the Big 12 Championships and its first over the Jayhawks in three chances.

“It was a very tough 4-1 match. It was a difficult struggle at a lot of positions,” said head coach Steve Bietau. “I think in terms of nerves, we came out ahead in that regard. You certainly have to say that in Petra’s match. Whatever difficulties she had in the first set, she figured them out in the next two. At the courts I saw, we either played really well or fought our way through some hard times.”

The Wildcats started the day off on the right foot by securing a very close doubles’ point with wins at number two and three. The sophomore Spanish tandem of Ana Gomez Aleman and Carmen Borau Ramos tallied an 8-6 decision over Monica Pezzotti and Paulina Los at number three doubles. Kansas quickly evened the doubles action at one by holding off a late charge from the Wildcats at number one doubles, 8-6.

The duo of junior Petra Chuda and sophomore Karla Bonacic secured the critical first point for the Wildcats with an 8-5 win at number two over Erin Wilbert and Sara Lazarevic. The win improved K-State’s record this season when winning the doubles point to 13-0.

Bonacic staked the Wildcats to a 2-0 advantage with a straight set win over Lazarevic, 6-1, 6-1, at number three singles. Bonacic is now 21-9 this season, including a 13-1 record at number three singles. In straight set matches this season, the product from Split, Croatia is 15-9 and owns a career mark of 22-22 in straight sets.

K-State increased its lead to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory from Gomez Aleman over Pezzotti at number two singles. Gomez Aleman extended her career-best winning streak to nine matches with the victory and now owns a career-high record of 20-12 this season. During the spring campaign, the second year native of Murcia, Spain, is 15-5 and is 11-4 from the numbers two through four positions.

The Jayhawks cut into the lead with a straight set win at number six singles, but No. 49 and Big 12 number one singles champion Petra Niedermayerova closed out No. 109 Ekaterina Morozova at number one singles in come from behind fashion with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 decision. Niedermayerova tied her career-high winning streak with her seventh straight win.

The product of Brno, Czech Republic is now 24-8 this season and 19-3 from the number one position in the singles lineup this spring. The victory was her sixth straight over a ranked foe and improves her record to 7-1 against ranked opponents.

The victory by the Wildcats surpassed the school record of 15 set during the 2003 campaign. Bietau is proud of his team’s play this season, but isn’t sure if they understand their accomplishment.

“Clearly the girls are happy about it, but I am not sure they have it in perspective yet. They have pieced together a great effort this year and I am just really happy for them.”

Kansas State will face number two seed Texas on Friday at 12 p.m., at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Wildcats and Longhorns have met four times in the Big 12 Championships, with Texas winning all four meetings including three matches in the quarterfinals. Live results will be available at www.kstatesports.com and www.big12sports.com. Updates will also be provided on Twitter at kstate_gameday.

(44) Kansas State (16-6, 6-5 Big 12) vs. Kansas (9-13, 3-8 Big 12)
April 28, 2011
Waco, Texas — Baylor Tennis Center
2011 Big 12 Championships – First Round
Final Results

(44) Kansas State 4, Kansas 1

Doubles:
1. Ekaterina Morozova/Dylan Windom (KU) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Nina Sertic (KSU), 8-6
2. Karla Bonacic/Petra Chuda (KSU) def. Erin Wilbert/Sara Lazarevic (KU), 8-5  
3. Ana Gomez Aleman/Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Monica Pezzotti/Paulina Los (KU), 8-6

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles:
1. (49) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. (109) Ekaterina Morozova (KU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
2. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. Monica Pezzotti (KU), 6-1, 6-3
3. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Sara Lazarevic (KU), 6-1, 6-1
4. Paulina Los (KU) vs. Nina Sertic (KSU), DNF
5. Erin Wilbert (KU) vs. Petra Chuda (KSU), DNF
6. Dylan Windom (KU) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU), 6-2, 6-2

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

*- match decided