Wildcats Face Redhawks, Hawkeyes This Weekend

Nina Sertic

Feb. 1, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Following its second straight 2-0 start, K-State women’s tennis begins a four-match road trip this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa as the Wildcats take on Miami of Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 12 p.m., and No. 30 Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. The Wildcats will look for its first 4-0 start to a season since the 2008 campaign.

The Wildcats opened the season with a pair of 6-1 wins over New Mexico and Drake at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. K-State secured the doubles’ point in both matches and tallied wins at the top three positions in the singles lineup.

K-State is familiar with players for the Redhawks, as the Wildcats faced members of the Miami of Ohio squad during the Hoosier Classic in September. Kansas State trails in the series with the Redhawks, 0-1, as Miami of Ohio captured the lone meeting, 7-2, on Feb. 7, 1992 in South Bend, Ind.

The Wildcats and Hawkeyes will meet for the seventh time, with Iowa holding a 5-1 edge. The two teams met last season in Manhattan on Feb. 13, as the Hawkeyes registered a 7-0 win.

Following the weekend in Iowa, the Wildcats will travel to Denton, Texas on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 to face Louisiana-Lafayette and No. 60 North Texas.   

Freshman Petra Niedermayerova continued her strong play following the holiday break, as she defeated a pair of opponents in the season’s opening weekend. Niedermayerova set back Michaela Bezdickova of New Mexico and Manca Krizman of Drake in straight sets.

The product of Brno, Czech Republic, has won four of her last five outings in straight sets, including a win over No. 67 Nadja Gilchrist of Georgia. For the season, Niedermayerova is 7-5 and is 6-3 in straight set matches.

Senior Antea Huljev achieved a career milestone during the opening weekend, as she notched her 50th career singles win with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Gabriela Demos of Drake on Jan. 23. Huljev was slotted into the number two position in the lineup for the first time since her freshman season. She is now 6-8 when playing at number two.

The native of Velenje, Slovenia, now owns a career mark of 50-62, 6-4 this season and has won three of her last four outings. In her career when matches are extended to a third-set, Huljev has been even better as she owns an 18-14 career mark.

Sophomore Karla Bonacic picked up right where she left off last spring with a pair of straight set wins to open the 2011 spring slate. The product of Split, Croatia evened her record this season at 6-6 with the wins including victories in three of her last four efforts. Dating back to the final three matches of the 2010 spring season, Bonacic has now won five straight spring matches.

Bonacic played in the number three position in the lineup and brought her record to 4-0 at the three-spot in the lineup.

K-State has been strong in doubles play to begin the spring season, winning four of its six matches and capturing the doubles point in the first two matches. For the season, K-State owns a team doubles record of 28-26.

The Wildcats were led during the opening weekend by the duo of Ana Gomez Aleman and Nina Sertic. The pair carded a perfect 2-0 mark, while securing victories at the number two and three positions in the lineup. The pair of Gomez Aleman and Sertic is 7-4 this season and have won four of their last five efforts when paired together.