No. 50 K-State, No. 74 KU Face Off in Sunflower Showdown

Petra Niedermayerova owns a career-best 25-6 record this season and is ranked a career-high No. 11 in the national ITA singles rankings.

March 26, 2013

Match Notes

Match 13
(50) Kansas State (6-6, 0-2 Big 12) at (74) Kansas (8-3, 0-1 Big 12)
March 30, 2013 | 1 p.m. | Jayhawk Tennis Center | Lawrence, Kan.

(50) Kansas State Wildcats (6-6, 0-2 Big 12)
Head Coach: Steve Bietau (Doane ‘79)
Career Record: 261-344 (.431) 29th year
School Record: Same
Last match: W, 5-2 at (61) Fresno State on March 18, 2013
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateTEN
ITA Ranked Players: (11 - Singles) Petra Niedermayerova
(37 - Doubles) Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic; (45 - Doubles) Petra Niedermayerova/Ivana Kubickova

(74) Kansas Jayhawks (8-3, 0-1 Big 12)
Head Coach: Amy Hall-Holt (Murray State ‘95)
Last match: W, 7-0 vs. Nebraska-Omaha on March 22, 2013
ITA Ranked Players: n/a

Series History and Notes
Kansas leads the series, 39-11... Kansas State has won four straight in the series and eight of the last 11... The Wildcats won the last meeting against Kansas, 6-1, on April 21, 2012 in Wamego, Kan.... K-State is 5-17 against the Jayhawks in matches played in Lawrence... The Wildcats defeated Kansas in the last meeting between the squads in Lawrence, 5-2, on April 23, 2011.

Updates will be available at the official K-State Athletic Department Twitter gameday account (@kstate_gameday).

MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 50 Kansas State will close out the month of March with a trip to in-state and Big 12 rival No. 74 Kansas on Saturday, March 30. First serve at the Jayhawk Tennis Center is set for 1 p.m. K-State has won four straight in the series and eight of the last 11 between the schools.

The Wildcats (6-6, 0-2 Big 12) closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a pair of wins in Fresno, Calif., on March 17-18. K-State registered its first 7-0 win of the season by defeating Cal Poly on March 17 and recorded a come from behind 5-2 win over No. 61 Fresno State. The wins ended a four-match losing streak for the Wildcats.

In the two matches, K-State won both doubles points and are 4-0 when securing the doubles point. This spring, K-State is 11-20 in doubles play, with six wins coming from the top tandem and No. 37 ranked duo of Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic. Both Niedermayerova and Bonacic have surpassed the 50-win mark for their careers in doubles action this season. Bonacic is 53-57 in her career in doubles play, while Niedermayerova is 52-39.

For the season in singles, K-State has been led by Niedermayerova. The junior from Brno, Czech Republic, is ranked a career-best No. 11 in the national ITA singles rankings and has registered a team-leading record of 25-6 overall including a 1-1 mark this spring. The 25 wins this season are a single-season high for Niedermayerova and ranks fourth in school history for wins in a season.

For her career, Niedermayerova is 73-29 (.716) in her career and ranks fourth on the K-State career singles wins list. She is  the fourth player in school history with 70 career singles wins. She needs four singles wins to move into a three-way tie for second with Petra Sedlmajerova (1999-03; 77-47) and Jessica Simosa (2001-06; 77-61). She needs six wins to move into a tie for first with Maria Rosenberg (2000-05; 79-54).

Following this weekend’s match at Kansas, K-State travels to Texas to face No. 42 TCU and No. 34 Baylor on April 5-7. The matches in Texas will end a 12-match road stretch for the Wildcats.

Among the Campbell/ITA Rankings
In the debut of the spring 2013 Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national team rankings, Kansas State checked in at No. 67 on Jan. 3. Since the debut of those rankings, K-State has ascended as high as No. 32 in the Feb. 26 rankings and has settled into No. 50 in the March 26 ranking. The Wildcats are also represented in the national singles and doubles rankings by Petra Niedermayerova, Karla Bonacic and Ivana Kubickova.

K-State has made 33 appearances in the last 38 Campbell/ITA national team rankings dating back to Feb. 8, 2011. The No. 32 ranking from Feb. 26 was the highest ranking for K-State since March 29, 2011, when the program reached a record-high of No. 31.

Niedermayerova opened the 2013 spring season ranked No. 15 in the national ITA singles rankings and retained her top position in ITA Central Region. With her career-best No. 11 ranking in the March 26 singles rankings, she has now appeared in 23 consecutive national ITA singles rankings with a previous high of No. 14 in the fall 2012 rankings.

In the March 26 national doubles rankings, Niedermayerova appeared twice. She is ranked No. 37 with Bonacic. The duo has an 14-9 record this season, including two wins this spring over top-20 doubles teams. Niedermayerova and Bonacic have been ranked together in nine straight national ITA doubles rankings dating back to April 17, 2012. When paired together over the last two-plus seasons, the duo is 27-25. Niedermayerova owns a team-leading doubles record of 19-9 this season, while she is 52-39 in her career, while Bonacic owns a career doubles record of 53-57.

Niedermayerova also appears at No. 45 in the nation with Ivana Kubickova, after the duo advanced to the finals of the 2012 ITA Central Regional, and has tallied a 5-1 record when paired together this season. Among the 2013 ITA Central region rankings, the pair is ranked No. 3. Kubickova is second on the team with a doubles mark of 15-14.