K-State Ousted by Colorado at Big 12s

AUSTIN, Texas - The eighth-seeded Kansas State women's tennis team received another win over a ranked opponent from freshman Karla Bonacic, but the Wildcats were defeated in the first round of the 2010 Big 12 Championships on Thursday afternoon, 4-1, by ninth-seeded Colorado.

K-State concludes its season with a 7-13 overall record, while No. 72 Colorado improves to 11-12 and will play No. 1 Baylor on Friday morning. The seven wins by the Wildcats this season were the most for the program since the 2008 season, while the number eight seed in the Big 12 Championships and the four league victories were the most since the 2006 campaign.

The Wildcats put together a strong effort in doubles action, but came out on the short end of the result, as the Buffaloes captured the point with 8-6 wins at number two and number three.

Kansas State quickly tied the match at one apiece, as Bonacic dispatched of No. 117 Melisa Esposito, 6-2, 6-0 at number two singles. This was the second straight week that Bonacic has moved up in the Wildcats' lineup and the second week she has responded with a victory over a ranked opponent. She ended the season with three straight wins and won eight of her last 11 outings.

Bonacic concluded her debut season with the Wildcats with a 12-15 overall record and a 10-6 mark during the spring. During Big 12 play, Bonacic recorded a 4-3 record at number four in the lineup and a 2-0 mark at number three.

The Buffaloes retook the lead with a 6-0, 6-4 win by No. 59 Monica Milewski over Antea Huljev at number one singles. Huljev, a junior from Velenje, Slovenia, ended her season with a 15-21 overall record. During the spring campaign, Huljev tallied an 8-12 mark which included her first two career victories over ranked foes. Huljev will enter her senior season with a career singles record of 44-57.

The next match to finish came at number three singles, as Abbie Probert set down freshman Ana Gomez Aleman, 6-2, 6-4. Gomez-Aleman, a native of Murcia, Spain, concluded her first-year in Manhattan with an 11-21 singles mark.

Colorado sealed the match as Erin Sanders outlasted Petra Chuda at number six singles, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Chuda, a sophomore from Sokolnice, Czech Republic, finished her second season in the program with a career-high 13 singles victories (13-18).

Following K-State's best Big 12 finish since 2006, the Wildcats will return its entire singles and doubles lineups for the 2010-11 season.

(72) Colorado (11-12, 3-8 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (7-13, 4-7 Big 12)
April 29, 2010
Austin, Texas - Penick-Allison Tennis Center
Final Results

(72) Colorado 4, Kansas State 1

1. Monica Milewski/Melisa Esposito (CU) vs. Antea Huljev/Karla Bonacic (KSU), nf
2. Abbie Probert/Michala Jensen (CU) def. Ana Gomez Aleman/Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU), 8-6
3. Ania Anuszkiewicz/Erin Sanders (CU) def. Petra Chuda/Nina Sertic (KSU), 8-6

Order of Finish: 3, 2

1. (59) Monica Milewski (CU) def. Antea Huljev (KSU), 6-0, 6-4
2. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. (117) Melisa Esposito (CU), 6-2, 6-0
3. Abbie Probert (CU) def. Ana Gomez-Aleman (KSU), 6-2, 6-4
4. Nina Sertic (KSU) vs. Michala Jensen (CU), 4-6, 7-6, 0-0 (nf)
5. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) vs. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU), 5-7, 6-4, 3-1 (nf)
6. Erin Sanders (CU) def. Petra Chuda (KSU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

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

*- match decided