Wildcats Set for ITA Kickoff Weekend

Petra Niedermayerova

Jan. 25, 2012

Kansas State Match Notes (PDF)

Match 3
ITA Kickoff Weekend
(46) Kansas State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs. (69) WAKE FOREST (0-2, 0-0 ACC)
January 28, 2012 | 9 a.m. (CT) | Hoke/Sloan Tennis Center | Clemson, S.C.

Series History and Notes
This is the first official dual match played between the two schools... K-State is 0-1 against the ACC.

Match 4
ITA Kickoff Weekend
(46) Kansas State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs. (14) CLEMSON (2-0, 0-0 ACC) or (59) PURDUE (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
January 29, 2012 | 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. (CT) | Hoke/Sloan Tennis Center | Clemson, S.C.

Series History and Notes
A meeting between K-State and Clemson would be the first between the schools... The Wildcats are 0-1 against the ACC... K-State is 2-1 against Purdue, with all three matches coming on a neutral site... K-State is 6-17 against the Big Ten Conference.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 46 Kansas State will continue its season-opening eight-match road trip on Saturday and Sunday in the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Clemson, S.C. The Wildcats will face No. 69 Wake Forest on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., at Hoke/Sloan Tennis Center. Following K-State’s morning match, No. 14 Clemson will host No. 59 Purdue at 1 p.m. The consolation match will be played on Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by the championship match at 1 p.m. The winner of the weekend will receive a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

K-State fans can follow the weekend’s proceedings live, as live stats are available from Clemson. To access the live stats, visit the women’s tennis schedule page on kstatesports.com. Fans can also receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

With a pair of victories this weekend, K-State head coach Steve Bietau will reach 250 wins for his career (248-325, .433). Bietau is the second-longest tenured head coach in K-State Athletics history (Ward Haylett, track, 34 years).

The Wildcats opened their 2012 season at the Bulldog Invitational in Athens, Ga., on Jan. 13-14. K-State split the weekend with a pair of 6-1 matches. The Wildcats were defeated in the season-opener by No. 7 Georgia, but recovered on Jan. 14 with a 6-1 win over Troy.

K-State was led over the two days by junior Karla Bonacic. For the first time in her career, Bonacic garnered a Campbell/ITA national singles ranking by checking in at No. 94 of the first ranking of the spring on Jan. 3. Bonacic defended her ranking by securing two singles wins at number two in the lineup and a doubles victory during the weekend. Bonacic opened her third spring season with the Wildcats with a 6-4-62 win over No. 22 Maho Kowase of Georgia. The win over Kowase was her first over a ranked opponent since April 29, 2010 and the third of her career. Bonacic leads the Wildcats with an 8-4 record in singles play this season.

The Wildcats will be paced this weekend by sophomore Petra Niedermayerova. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 17 in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, will be the highest ranked individual at this weekend’s ITA Kickoff Weekend in Clemson.

Following K-State’s weekend at Clemson, the Wildcats will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to face North Texas and (24) Arkansas on Feb. 4-5.