K-State Advances Four to Finals at KU Invite

Petra Niedermayerova recorded the 50th win of her career on Saturday.

Sept. 22, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – After sending all seven of its players into singles semifinals on Friday, Kansas State women’s tennis was able to push four through to their respective draw’s championship match during Saturday’s action at the KU Invitational. Saturday’s action also featured the conclusion of doubles play, where K-State tallied three wins.

“Having more players to carry the load is always a good thing,” said head coach Steve Bietau about having four players reach finals on Sunday. “Our depth appears better with some younger players and new faces having good performances here. These early fall tournaments provide a chance to see where we are. In most places our players responded well to the challenges presented. At the same time some weaknesses were exposed, and it’s time to get to work making corrections and improvements.”
K-State was led on Saturday by its nationally ranked singles players, junior Petra Niedermayerova and senior Karla Bonacic. The no. 14-ranked Niedermayerova tallied the 50th singles victory of her career with a 6-0, 7-6 (0) win over Tamara Slijepcevic of Arkansas State in Draw A semifinal action.

Niedermayerova is now 50-23 (.685) in her career, including a 42-12 (.778) record in straight set matches. Niedermayerova joins Bonacic with 50 or more career wins. The win was Niedermayerova’s ninth in her last 11 matches. The native of Brno, Czech Republic will face Veronika Blaskova of Wichita State in Sunday’s final.

The No. 69-ranked Bonacic won her seventh straight match dating back to April 1 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Micah Hermesdorf of Abilene Christian in the Draw B semifinals. The senior from Split, Croatia, boosted her career record to 57-33 (.633), which includes a career mark of 40-28 (.588) in straight set matches. With six more singles wins, Bonacic will move into a tie for sixth on the K-State career singles wins list. Bonacic will face Kansas’ Belen Luduena in Sunday’s final.

Sophomore Amina St. Hill recorded a 6-4, 7-5 win over Haley Fournier of Kansas in the semifinals of Draw F. The second-year player from Gothenburg, Sweden, is now 9-12 in her brief K-State career, but has won three straight decisions. St. Hill will face Dylan Windom in Sunday’s final.

Also reaching a Sunday final was freshman Ivana Kubickova. The rookie from Brno, Czech Republic, held a 5-3 lead in the first set over Brook Dennis of UT-Arlington. Dennis then retired due to injury and advanced Kubickova to the Draw E final against Claire Dreyer of Kansas.

Earlier in the day, Kubickova teamed with sophomore Carli Wischhoff to reach the final of Draw A doubles. The duo advanced to the final due to an injury to the Windom and Monica Pezzotti pairing from Kansas. In the final, Kubickova and Wischhoff were defeated by the Wichita State tandem of Blaskova and Lucia Kovalova, 8-6.

The No. 28-ranked doubles team of Niedermayerova and Bonacic recorded a 1-1 record on Saturday. The duo opened with an 8-4 win in the Draw A consolation semifinals over Laura Bouet and Eva Dalvai of UMKC. In the consolation semifinals, Niedermayerova and Bonacic were defeated by Hannah Kelley and Micah Hermesdorf of Abilene Christian. Niedermayerova and Bonacic are now 2-2 this season and are 7-10 when paired together in their careers.

Also notching a 1-1 mark were the pair of St. Hill and senior Carmen Borau Ramos. In the Draw B consolation semifinals, St. Hill and Borau Ramos were defeated by Lizzy Thomas and Katerina Dikosavljevic of UT-Arlington, 8-6. In the seventh-place match, St. Hill and Borau Ramos rebounded for an 8-5 win over Amy Barnthouse and Vika Khanevskaya of Kansas.

K-State will conclude its opening weekend at the KU Invitational on Sunday with singles matches, including four championship matches and three 3rd-place matches.

KU Invitational
Lawrence, Kan. — Jayhawk Tennis Center
Saturday, September 22, 2012

Draw A – Semifinals
Carli Wischhoff/Ivana Kubickova (K-State) def. (25) Dylan Windom/Monica Pezzotti (KU), 0-1 ret.

Draw A – Championship
Veronika Blaskova/Lucia Kovalova (WSU) def. Carli Wischhoff/Ivana Kubickova (K-State), 8-6

Draw A – Consolation Semifinals
(28) Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Laura Bouet/Eva Dalvai (UMKC), 8-4

Draw A – Consolation Championship
Hannah Kelley/Micah Hermesdorf (ACU) def. (28) Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic (K-State), 8-3
Draw B – Consolation Semifinals
Lizzy Thomas/Katerina Dikosavljevic (UTA) def. Amina St. Hill/Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State), 8-6

Draw B – 7th place match
Amina St. Hill/Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State) def. Amy Barnthosue/Vika Khanevskaya (KU), 8-5

Draw A - Semifinals
(14) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. Tamara Slijepcevic (ASU), 6-0, 7-6 (0)

Draw B - Semifinals
(69) Karla Bonacic (K-State) def. Micah Hermesdorf (ACU), 6-4, 7-5

Draw C – Semifinals
Maria Jose Cardona (KU) def. Ana Gomez Aleman (K-State), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1

Draw D – Semifinals
Giada D’Ortona (UTA) def. Carli Wischhoff (K-State), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

Draw E – Semifinals
Ivana Kubickova (K-State) def. Brook Dennis (UTA), 5-3 (ret.)

Draw F – Semifinals
Amina St. Hill (K-State) def. Haley Fournier (KU), 6-4, 7-5

Draw G – Semifinals
Montse Blanco Fernandez (WSU) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State), 6-3, 6-2