Wildcats Finish Regular Season at KU

Ana Gomez Aleman

April 20, 2011

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Match 21
(45) Kansas State (14-6, 5-5 Big 12) at Kansas (9-11, 3-7 Big 12)
April 23, 2011 | 12 p.m. | Jayhawk Tennis Center | Lawrence, Kan.

Series History and Notes
Kansas leads the series, 39-9... K-State is 4-17 against the Jayhawks in matches played in Lawrence... K-State has won four of the last six meetings in the series... The Wildcats won last season's meeting with Kansas, 7-0, in Wamego on March 31, 2010... This was the first time K-State swept Kansas in the history of the series.

2011 Kansas State Season Highlights:
• Most wins since the 2003 season; tied for the second-highest win total in school history (14)... Most league wins since the 2006 season (5)... Achieved the highest ranking in the Campbell/ITA national rankings on March 29 of No. 31... Has been ranked for 11 consecutive weeks, which is the most since the 2006 season. Started the season 7-0, which was the best unbeaten start to a season since the 1989 campaign... Surpassed the 1989 squad with a 12-4 record after 16 matches.

• Registered wins over Baylor and Texas A&M this season.... Defeated the Aggies for the first time in the history of the series (17 meetings)... Tallied its first win over the Lady Bears since the 2000 season, just the fourth in the series (19 meetings) and the first in 11 attempts in Waco.

Petra Niedermayerova was named Big 12 Player of the Week on March 29, after registering three wins over ranked foes in an eight-day span... Has been ranked three times this season... Niedermayerova is tied for the second-most wins by a freshman in school history and is tied for ninth in school history for overall wins in a season with her 22-8 record. Her winning percentage for the season ranks third in school history. She also leads the Big 12 from the number one position with an 8-2 record... Started the spring on seven-match winning streak.

Ana Gomez Aleman has achieved a career-high for wins with an 18-12 record this season... Currently owns a career-best seven-match win streak... Secured a pair of match-clinching victories this season (Texas A&M and Iowa State)... Tied for the team lead in doubles wins with 17.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - No. 45 Kansas State will close out its 2011 regular season spring dual schedule on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m., against Sunflower State rival, Kansas, at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. The Wildcats are 5-2 this season in road matches, which is the best road record since the 2003 campaign. 

K-State will look to improve on its overall and Big 12 win totals, as K-State needs one overall victory 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.

In its last matches on April 15 and 17, K-State (14-6, 5-5 Big 12) tied for the second-most wins in a single season as the Wildcats split a weekend series at No. 21 Oklahoma and at Oklahoma State. K-State attempted to piece together a comeback against the Sooners, but Oklahoma held off the Wildcats, 4-3.

K-State appeared to be headed for another loss in the state of Oklahoma on Sunday, as Oklahoma State held a 3-1 lead after winning the doubles point and a pair of singles matches. The Wildcats were able to come all the way back with wins from junior Nina Sertic, freshman Petra Niedermayerova and sophomore Carmen Borau Ramos. Sertic ended a personal three-match skid at the number four position in the lineup with a 6-3, 6-4 win. The product of Zagrab, Croatia is now a career-best 14-13 this season and is 4-6 in league action.

Niedermayerova continued her dominance at the number one singles position with a 7-6 (8), 6-2 win. The native of Brno, Czech Republic leads the Big 12 at the number one singles spot with an 8-2 record and owns an overall record of 22-8 this season to tie for the second-most wins by a K-State freshman.

Borau Ramos closed out the comeback with a three-set marathon victory at number six singles, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. The second-year student-athlete from Jaca, Spain, is no stranger to closing out wins for K-State as she capped the Wildcats' upset win over then-No. 10 Baylor with a 3-set effort earlier this season.

Following its match with Kansas, the Wildcats will make preparations for the 2011 Big 12 Championships in Waco, Texas, on April 28-May 1.

At a Glance: Kansas
Kansas (9-11, 3-7 Big 12) enters Saturday's regular season finale looking to shake-off a pair of 4-3 losses at Oklahoma State and at Oklahoma. The Jayhawks have dropped three of their last five matches and seven of its last 10.

The Jayhawks feature one ranked singles player (No. 101 Ekaterina Morozova) and one ranked doubles team (No. 90 Morozova and Dylan Windom) in their lineups.

K-State Remains In Latest Ranking
For the 11th consecutive week, the Wildcats are among the Campbell/ITA national top-75 team rankings with a No. 45 listing this week. The 11 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 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. 20, Texas at No. 25, Texas A&M at No. 30, Nebraska at No. 38, Texas Tech at No. 41 and Missouri at No. 73.

Rising in the Campbell/ITA top-125 singles rankings this week is freshman Petra Niedermayerova as she climbs four spots to No. 49. 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.

Success in Singles
K-State's overall seven-win improvement this season has been spurred by its improved singles play. The Wildcats are guaranteed to finish with an above .500 record in singles play for the first time since the 2006 campaign, as K-State is 109-89 (.550) including a 31-29 (.517) mark in Big 12 action.

The Wildcats have five student-athletes with above .500 records in singles play, led by freshman Petra Niedermayerova at 22-8, sophomore Karla Bonacic at 19-9 and sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman at 18-12.

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 37-15 (.712) 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.

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 22nd victory of the season with a straight set win over Nataliya Shatkovskaya of Oklahoma State. Her 22 victories ranks tied for second in school history for wins by a freshman. She is also tied 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 17-3 mark this spring including a Big 12-leading 8-2 record in league action at the number one position. Overall in her first season in Manhattan, Niedermayerova is 22-8 and is 18-4 in straight set matches.

Go, Go Gomez Aleman
Sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman recorded her career-best seventh straight victory and her ninth career Big 12 win with a pair of wins during the weekend of April 15-17.  The product of Murcia, Spain, tallied her first win of the weekend with a three-set victory over Whitney Ritchie of Oklahoma (6-4, 3-6, 1-0 [10-8]) on April 15 from number three position. She is now 6-1 this season in three-set matches, including a 5-0 mark in Big 12 action.

Gomez Aleman secured K-State's first win over Oklahoma State on April 17, as she set down C.C. Sardinha (6-2, 6-0) which resulted in a 4-3 K-State win. Gomez Aleman is now 3-2 this season at the number three position in the singles' lineup.

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 18-12 overall record and is 13-5 this spring including a 7-3 mark in Big 12 action. For her career, she owns a 29-34 mark and a 9-12 record in Big 12 play.

Karla Kruising
Sophomore Karla Bonacic has picked up right where she left off last spring with 15 wins in 18 chances this spring. The product of Split, Croatia is 19-9 this season and has won 16 of her last 20 efforts. Dating back to the final three matches of the 2010 spring season, Bonacic has now won 18 of her last 21 dual matches.