K-State Opens Big 12 Action Against Cowgirls, Sooners

Karla Bonacic will look to win her fourth straight match starting on Friday afternoon.

March 6, 2012

Kansas State notes (PDF)

Match 11

(53) Oklahoma State (6-3, 0-1 Big 12) at Kansas State (4-6, 0-0 Big 12)
March 9, 2012 | 1 p.m. | Wamego Recreation Complex | Wamego, Kan.

Series History and Notes
Oklahoma State leads the series, 31-6... The Cowgirls hold a 14-2 record in matches played in Manhattan/Wamego... Kansas State won last year’s meeting in Stillwater, Okla., 4-3, on April 15... K-State’s last win over the Cowgirls at home came on March 28, 2008 in Manhattan, a 4-3 decision.

Match 12
(54) Oklahoma (6-6, 1-0 Big 12) at Kansas State (4-6, 0-0 Big 12)
March 11, 2012 | 12 p.m. | Wamego Recreation Complex | Wamego, Kan.

Series History and Notes
Oklahoma leads the series, 24-12... K-State is 4-9 against the Sooners in matches played in Manhattan/Wamego... Oklahoma has won five straight meetings in the series, including last season’s matchup in Norman, 4-3, on April 15... K-State’s last wins over Oklahoma came in the 2006 season, as the Wildcats won the regular season matchup on April 2 in Manhattan, 6-1, and the Big 12 Championship first round meeting, 4-0, in Waco, Texas.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State returns home to begin a five-match home stand, as the Wildcats host No. 53 Oklahoma State on Friday at 1 p.m., and No. 54 Oklahoma on Sunday at 12 p.m. Matches are schedule to be played outdoors at the Wamego Recreation Complex (directions below) in Wamego, Kan. If weather predicates moving a match indoors, an announcement will be made through the official K-State Athletic Department Twitter feeds (@kstatesports and @kstate_gameday).

In K-State’s last match on Feb. 29, the Wildcats fell to No. 34 Nebraska in a tightly contested match, 4-3, in Lincoln. The Wildcats dropped the doubles point, but were able to tie the match at one following Petra Niedermayerova’s 12th career win over a ranked opponent with a straight set win over No. 55 Mary Weatherholt. The Huskers captured the next three singles matches, but Karla Bonacic and Amina St. Hill. Bonacic tallied her second 3-set win of the spring at number two singles and St. Hill tallied her third straight win at number six singles.

Pacing the Wildcats in the early stages of this season are Niedermayerova and Bonacic. Niedermayerova, the No. 24 player in the nation in the most recent Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, ran her winning streak to a career-best nine matches with another straight set win from the top of the K-State’s lineup. The Brno, Czech Republic native is 15-3 in straight set matches this season and is 15-7 overall. With one more win, Niedermayerova will secure the 40th win of her young career as her record stands at 39-17.

Bonacic, the No. 89 player in the nation, has won nine of her last 11 outings and improved to 13-4 in her career in three-set matches with the win against Nebraska. The junior of Split, Croatia, owns a career record of 13-4 from the number two position in the lineup. For her career, Bonacic is 47-30 and is 35-11 in dual match play.

Joining the fray recently for K-State has been St. Hill. The freshman from Gothenburg, Sweden has shaken off a three-match losing streak to record a three-match winning streak and even her record at 4-4 in her first season with the Wildcats. St. Hill joined the program prior to the start of the second semester and has had to adjust to collegiate team tennis on the fly.

Following K-State’s first conference matches of the season, the Wildcats continue its five-match home stand against Memphis on Sunday, March 18. The Wildcats will host the Tigers at 12 p.m., at the Wamego Recreation Complex.

Directions to Wamego Recreation Complex
From the West
Take Highway 24, eastbound out of Manhattan. Drive roughly 16 miles east. Continue on Highway 24 to the east side of Wamego. Wamego Recreation Complex will be on the right. Turn right on Balderson Boulevard.

Directions to Body First Tennis and Fitness Center - Phone: (785) 776-6060
From the East
Take Claflin Road, westbound. Remain on Claflin Road, until reaching the intersection of Claflin and Hudson Avenue. Continue straight into the driveway of Body First Tennis and Fitness Center.

From the West
Take Anderson Ave., eastbound. Make a left on Hudson Ave., and drive northbound. At the intersection of Hudson Ave., and Claflin Road, make a left on Claflin into the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center driveway.