Wildcats Finish Road Trip This Weekend

Carmen Borau Ramos teamed with Karla Bonacic last weekend for a pair of doubles wins.

Feb. 7, 2012

Kansas State notes (PDF)

Match 7

(53) Kansas State (2-3, 0-0 Big 12) at (20) TULSA (4-1, 0-0 Conference USA)
February 10, 2012 | 3 p.m. | Michael D. Case Tennis Center | Tulsa, Okla.

Series History and Notes
K-State trails in the series with Tulsa, 7-8... The Wildcats have lost five straight in the series... The Wildcats are 3-4 in matches played in Tulsa... K-State lost the previous meeting between the schools, 4-1, on Feb. 20, 2011 in Manhattan... K-State’s last win over Tulsa came on  Feb. 23, 2006 in Tulsa, 4-3... Kansas State is 11-13 against teams from Conference USA.

Match 8
(53) Kansas State (2-3, 0-0 Big 12) vs. UT-Arlington (3-1, 1-0 Southland)
February 11, 2012 | 1 p.m. (CT) | Michael D. Case Tennis Center | Tulsa, Okla.

Series History and Notes
K-State is 3-1 in the series with UT-Arlington... The Wildcats are 1-0 in matches played at a neutral site against the Mavericks... The last meeting between the schools came on March 22, 2005, which was a 5-2 K-State win in Arlington... K-State is 5-4 against teams from the Southland Conference.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With an opportunity to win the 250th match of his career this weekend, Kansas State head coach Steve Bietau takes his No. 53-ranked team out on the road for the final trip of an eight-match road trek to open the 2012 spring season. The Wildcats will head to Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 10-11, to face No. 20 Tulsa on Friday at 3 p.m., and UT-Arlington on Saturday at 1 p.m. Follow @kstate_gameday on Twitter for periodic updates of the weekend’s matches.

Bietau is in his 28th season with the Wildcats and is the career wins leader in the program’s history. He owns a career record of 249-328 following K-State’s performance in Arkansas last weekend. The Wildcats dropped a pair of matches in Fayetteville, losing a heartbreaker to North Texas on Saturday afternoon and falling to No. 32 Arkansas on Sunday. K-State held a 3-0 lead over the Mean Green, but were outdueled in a trio of 3-set matches. K-State had a streak of 16-straight matches halted after winning the doubles’ point. It was K-State’s first loss since April 9, 2010 when the Wildcats won the doubles point at Colorado, but dropped the match.

Pacing the Wildcats in the early stages of this season are sophomore Petra Niedermayerova and junior Karla Bonacic. Niedermayerova, the No. 17 player in the nation in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, registered a pair of straight set wins to run her winning streak to five matches. This is, the Brno, Czech Republic native’s longest winning streak this season, and her longest since she tallied a career-best streak of seven wins from April 3-29, 2011. For the season, Niedermayerova is 11-7 and is 11-3 in straight set matches.

Bonacic, the No. 94 player in the nation, captured a pair of singles wins in Fayetteville at the number two position in the lineup.  The product of Split, Croatia, captured her first win of the weekend with a straight set win over North Texas, followed by her first 3-set win of the season on Sunday against Arkansas. This season, Bonacic has won six of her last seven outings and owns a record of 11-5 including a 10-3 mark in straight set matches.

Following K-State’s weekend at Tulsa, the Wildcats return to Manhattan to host UALR on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. The match will be contested at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center in Manhattan.