No. 60 K-State Hosts No. 23 Tulsa on Saturday
No. 60 K-State Hosts No. 23 Tulsa on Saturday
Feb. 5, 2013
(23) Tulsa (5-1, 1-0 C-USA) vs. (60) Kansas State (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Feb. 9, 2013 | 11 a.m. (CT) |Body First Tennis & Fitness Center | Manhattan, Kan.
Series History and Notes
Tulsa leads the series, 9-7... The Wildcats have lost six straight in the series... The Wildcats are 3-3 in matches played in Manhattan against the Golden Hurricane... K-State lost the previous meeting between the schools, 6-1, on Feb. 10, 2012 in Tulsa... K-State’s last win over Tulsa came on Feb. 23, 2006 in Tulsa, 4-3... Kansas State is 11-15 against teams from Conference USA.
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USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day - Kids ages kindergarten to 8th grade can participate in this free event; register at kstatesports.com/ot/campus-kids-day-reg.html
MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 60 Kansas State will open the home portion of its 2013 spring schedule on Saturday, as the Wildcats host No. 23 Tulsa at 11 a.m., at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. The match is free and open to the public and will be the first of five home matches for the Wildcats this season.
During the home opening match against the Golden Hurricane, K-State will host a USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day. The USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day is designed to expose junior players, their parents and coaches to college tennis matches. Any child in the age range of kindergarten to 8th grade is allowed to participate in the USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day activities.
Each participant in the Campus Kids Day will receive a free K-State tennis t-shirt, a K-State tennis poster, have a chance to win prizes. The kids will also participate in mini-serve contests, enjoy cookies and refreshments and have an opportunity to take a photo with K-State mascot, Willie the Wildcat. On court activities will begin immediately following the doubles matches.
Registration for the Campus Kids Day is free and parents register online at kstatesports.com/ot/campus-kids-day-reg.html.
K-State (2-0) opened the 2013 season with a pair of wins in Boston, Mass., including a 5-2 victory over No. 73 Harvard. The Wildcats were paced by the trio of Ana Gomez Aleman, Ivana Kubickova and Petra Niedermayerova. All three registered a pair of singles victories during the weekend. Gomez Aleman, a senior from Murcia, Spain, halted a three-match skid with two straight set wins at the number six position in the lineup.
Kubickova, a freshman from Brno, Czech Republic, captured her first two dual match wins, checking in at the number three position with straight set wins. Kubickova has won 10 of her last 13 singles matches and owns a 14-6 mark in her debut season.
Niedermayerova fought through a pair of three-set matches at the number one position to record a pair of wins and move into a tie for fifth on the K-State career singles wins list with a mark of 64-28. The junior from Brno, Czech Republic, is 16-5 this season and owns a career record of 37-10 at the number one position in the lineup.
Following Saturday’s match against Tulsa, K-State will play its next 12 matches on the road or at a neutral site. The Wildcats will travel to Memphis, Tenn., to face No. 50 Memphis and No. 70 Columbia on Feb. 15-16.
High Octane Petra
Petra Niedermayerova has led the Wildcats from the front of the singles lineup since stepping on the K-State campus in 2010 and will continue to do so this season. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 15 in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings (as of Jan. 3), leads the team with a singles record of 16-5 this season.
In the 2011-12 season, she registered an overall record of 24-13 (.667), including a career-high winning streak of nine straight matches from Jan. 14-March 9. Her 24 wins in the 2011-12 season marked her second straight season with 24 singles wins and tied for fourth in school history for singles wins in a season.
Niedermayerova, a two-time All-Big 12 selection, registered another successful fall campaign in 2012. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Championships in Los Angeles for the second straight season and qualified for the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y., for a second time. She also captured the 2012 ITA Central Regional singles crown in Tulsa with six straight wins.
For her career, Niedermayerova is 64-28 (.696) and is 17-16 against ITA ranked foes. Niedermayerova needs one singles win to move into fifth on the K-State career singles wins list. Niedermayerova’s career singles winning percentage of .696 ranks second in school history. Niedermayerova needs four wins this season for her third straight season with 20 or more wins.
The product of Brno, Czech Republic, owns a 37-10 mark in dual matches including a Big 12 mark of 15-5 from the number one position.
Karla Bonacic has been one of the Wildcats’ on court leaders during the last two seasons and turned in a career-best effort in 2011-12. The senior from Split, Croatia, registered a career-high 22-9 record in 2011-12 season including a team-leading 7-2 mark in Big 12 action.
Bonacic owns a career record of 44-15 in dual match action, including a 22-8 mark from the No. 2 position in the lineup and a 15-1 record at No. 3. Dating back to the final three matches of 2010, Bonacic has won 36 of her last 44 dual matches.
For her career, Bonacic has a 60-37 (.619) career record and is 42-30 in straight set matches. Bonacic secured the 50th win of her career with a three-set decision over Samantha Adams of Texas Tech on March 23, 2012. With four singles wins, Bonacic will move into sixth on the K-State career singles wins list. Bonacic’s career singles winning percentage of .619 currently ranks sixth in school history.
Bonacic garnered her first career national ranking prior to the start of the 2012 dual match season, checking in at No. 94 in the nation and No. 7 in the Central Region rankings. She reached a new career-high ranking of No. 65.
Kubickova Makes Adjustment
Ivana Kubickova has made the most of her early time on the court this season. The freshman from Brno, Czech Republic, has carded a 14-6 singles record during her debut season. Kubickova has won 10 of her last 14 matches. Included in her 10 wins was a win in the consolation finals at the 2012 ITA Central Regional in Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 19-22.
St. Hill Climbing the Hill
With her first fall season at K-State under her belt, sophomore Amina St. Hill is prepared to start her second spring season for the Wildcats. The product of Gothenburg, Sweden, is 8-6 after registering split results in Boston, Jan. 26-27.
St. Hill registered her first career win over an ITA singles opponent at the Georgia Invitational, Jan. 18-20, and finished with a 2-1 record in the final tune-up for the 2013 spring season. St. Hill owns a career record of 15-18 and has won five of her last eight singles matches.