K-State Faces Sooners and Cowgirls This Weekend

Petra Niedermayerova

April 12, 2011

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Match 19
(41) Kansas State (13-5, 4-4 Big 12) at (21) Oklahoma (14-5, 6-2 Big 12)
April 15, 2011 | 5 p.m. | Headington Family Tennis Center | Norman, Okla.

Series History and Notes
Oklahoma leads the series, 23-12... K-State is 4-12 against the Sooners in matches played in Norman... Oklahoma has won four straight meetings in the series, including last season’s matchup in Wamego, 6-1, on April 17... 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.

Match 20
(41) Kansas State (13-5, 4-4 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (6-13, 2-6 Big 12)
April 17, 2011 | 12 p.m. | DeBois Tennis Complex | Stillwater, Okla.

Series History and Notes
Oklahoma State leads the series, 31-5... The Cowgirls hold a 14-1 record in matches played in Stillwater... Oklahoma State won last year’s meeting in Wamego, 6-1, on April 18... K-State’s last win over the Cowgirls came on March 28, 2008 in Manhattan with a 4-3 decision... The Wildcats’ lone win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater came on March 9, 2003 in a 5-2 decision.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - After closing out its 2011 spring home schedule last weekend, No. 41 Kansas State will embark on a three-match road trip to close out the regular season. The Wildcats will start the trip with a pair of matches in the state of Oklahoma, as K-State will face No. 21 Oklahoma on Friday at 5 p.m., in Norman. K-State will then travel north to challenge Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Sunday at 12 p.m.

K-State will look to improve on its overall and Big 12 win totals, as K-State needs two overall victories to tie the school record for wins in a season and needs one league victory to notch the most since the 2006 campaign. The Wildcats are off to the best start in school history and have secured the 11th double-digit win total in school history.

With its match against the Sooners on Friday, K-State will face its 10th ranked foe this season which is the most since the 2009 season. Overall, K-State is 4-5 this season against teams ranked in the Campbell/ITA national top-75 rankings.

In its last matches on April 8 and 10, K-State (13-5, 4-4 Big 12) notched the fifth-most wins in a single season as the Wildcats split a weekend series with Colorado and No. 73 Missouri. K-State recorded its second 7-0 win of the season and its first in Big 12 action this season with a sweep of Colorado. The Wildcats last sweep of a Big 12 foe came on March 31, 2010 against Sunflower State rival Kansas.

K-State was unable to record its first weekend sweep in Big 12 action this season, as No. 73 Missouri foiled the plan with a 5-2 win on Sunday. During the match, freshman Petra Niedermayerova tallied her 20th win of the season which is the third-most in school history by a K-State freshman. With two singles victories, Niedermayerova will tie for ninth in school history for singles wins in school history.

K-State finished the season with a 6-4 record in home matches and tied for the second-most home victories in school history. It was also the first time K-State finished above .500 in home matches since the 2006 season.

Following its match with Oklahoma State, K-State will close out the 2011 regular season on April 23 at Sunflower State rival Kansas at 12 p.m. Following its match against the Jayhawks, the Wildcats will make preparations for the 2011 Big 12 Championships in Waco, Texas, on April 28-May 1.

At a Glance: Oklahoma
K-State will open its three-match road trip at No. 21 Oklahoma (14-5, 6-2 Big 12) on Friday in Norman. The Sooners have dropped three of its last five matches, including a 5-2 decision at No. 25 Texas on April 10.

At a Glance: Oklahoma State
The Wildcats conclude its weekend trip through the state of Oklahoma with a visit to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State (6-13-, 2-6 Big 12). The Cowgirls have dropped three straight matches and six of its last eight outings including a 5-2 decision at No. 33 Texas A&M on April 9.

K-State Remains In Latest Ranking
For the 10th consecutive week, the Wildcats are among the Campbell/ITA national top-75 team rankings with a No. 41 listing this week. The 10 straight weeks among the rankings is the longest K-State has been ranked since being ranked for the entire 2006 campaign.

Boosted by its upset win over then-No. 25 Texas A&M on March 26, K-State rose eight positions in in the March 29 rankings to the highest in the program’s history, No. 31. The previous high for a K-State team was No. 32 on two separate occasions, June 6, 2003 and March 30, 2000.

K-State is one of eight Big 12 members to appear in this week’s rankings, as Baylor comes in at No. 7, followed by Oklahoma at No. 21, Texas at No. 25, Nebraska at No. 34, Texas A&M at No. 35, Texas Tech at No. 44 and Missouri at No. 58.

Also staying in the Campbell/ITA top-125 singles rankings on April 12 is freshman Petra Niedermayerova as she drops 10 spots to No. 53. On the strength of defeating three top-20 foes in an eight-day span earlier this season, Niedermayerova climbed to a personal high of No. 43 in the country.  On March 1, the native of Brno, Czech Republic made her first appearance in the national rankings with a debut position of No. 123.

The Longer the Better
When matches are extended to a third set this season, the Wildcats have found another source of energy to secure the win. As a team, K-State is 35-15 (.700) this season in three-set matches. The Wildcats were the benefactors of two 3-set matches during its upset over No. 10 Baylor, as junior Nina Sertic and sophomore Carmen Borau Ramos scratched their way to a pair of wins over the Lady Bears. Borau Ramos’ victory sealed the win for K-State from the number six position in the lineup.

Individually this season, K-State has seen sophomore Karla Bonacic register a 6-0 mark in three-set matches, while senior Antea Huljev is 9-3 and Sertic is 4-1. For their careers, Huljev is 24-16 in extended matches while Bonacic is 11-2.

Niedermayerova Reaches 20 Wins 
Freshman Petra Niedermayerova continues to lead the Wildcats from the front of the singles lineup, as she notched her team-leading 20th victory of the season with a three-set decision over Mallory Weber of Missouri. Her 20 victories ranks third in school history for wins by a freshman. She needs two singles wins to tie for ninth in school history for singles wins in a season.

Niedermayerova added some hardware to her trophy case earlier this season, as she was named the Big 12 Player of the Week on March 29. Niedermayerova garnered the honor after notching her fourth and fifth victories over a ranked opponent this season with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over No. 15 Aeriel Ellis of Texas on March 25 and a 6-1, 6-1 win over No. 18 Nazari Urbina of Texas A&M. She secured three wins over top-20 ranked foes in the an eight-day span, as her run started with a straight set win over No. 19 Sona Novakova of Baylor on March 18.

The product of Brno, Czech Republic, owns a 15-3 mark this spring including a 6-2 record in Big 12 action with all matches played in the number one position. Overall in her first season in Manhattan, Niedermayerova is 20-8 and is 16-4 in straight set matches.

Karla Kruising
Sophomore Karla Bonacic has picked up right where she left off last spring with 14 wins in 16 chances this spring. The product of Split, Croatia is 18-8 this season and has won 15 of her last 18 efforts. Dating back to the final three matches of the 2010 spring season, Bonacic has now won 17 of her last 19 dual matches.

Bonacic has been solid for K-State this season from the number three position in the lineup, where she is 11-1 including 3-1 in league action. For her career, Bonacic is 13-1 when playing in the third spot in the K-State lineup.

Go, Go Gomez Aleman
Sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman recorded her fifth straight victory and her seventh career Big 12 win with a pair of three-set wins during the weekend of April 8-10.   Gomez Aleman tallied her first win of the weekend with a three-set victory over Winde Janssens of Colorado (2-6, 6-2, 1-0 [12-10]) on April 8 from number four position. Due to an injury that reshuffled the lineup on April 10, Gomez Aleman took the court in the number three spot and outlasted Maria Christensen of Missouri in a match that lasted over three hours (3-6, 7-6 [4], 6-4). The win was the third of Gomez Aleman’s career in the number three position and her first in three attempts this season.

With a three-set decision over Simona Cacciuttolo of Iowa State in the number four position on April 3, Gomez Aleman sealed the match win for the Wildcats for the second time in a week. On March 26, the product of Murcia, Spain, defeated Janelle Cuthbertson of Texas A&M at number four singles to tally her first Big 12 victory this season and complete K-State’s first-ever win over the Aggies in the history of the series.

For the season, Gomez Aleman owns a 16-12 overall record and is 11-5 this spring including a 5-3 mark in Big 12 action.