Feb. 23, 2013
WICHITA, Kan. – No. 45 Kansas State women’s tennis battled back from an early deficit to end a two-match skid and defeat No. 65 Wichita State, 4-2, on Saturday night at the Wichita Country Club. The Wildcats are now 22-20 all-time against the Shockers, including a 9-8 mark in matches played in Wichita.
“We made a lot of errors in the doubles, WSU had something to do with that, but we are capable of playing better,” said K-State head coach Steve Bietau. “I'm pleased that we were able to fight back in the singles and get the win. We’re looking forward to the challenge of tomorrow's match with Purdue.”
K-State (4-2) dropped the doubles point for the third straight match and for the fourth time this season. Wichita State tallied wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles, while the Wildcats’ No. 1 tandem of Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic defeated Julia Schiller and Lucia Kovalova, 8-6. Niedermayerova and Bonacic, ranked No. 26 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national doubles rankings, improved to 11-6 this season.
In singles, ITA No. 17 ranked Niedermayerova captured her sixth straight win with a 6-2, 6-1 straight set win over Rebecca Pedrazzi at No. 1 singles. Niedermayerova ended a stretch of six straight 3-set matches, winning her first straight set match since Jan. 19 at the Georgia Invitational.
With her win on Saturday, Niedermayerova is fourth on the K-State career singles wins list with a career mark of 68-28. She needs 11 wins to move into a tie for first. The junior from Brno, Czech Republic owns a team-leading record of 20-5 this season and needs five singles wins to set a new career-high for singles wins in a season.
K-State took a 2-1 lead, as freshman Ivana Kubickova ended a personal three-match losing streak with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Schiller at No. 3 singles. Kubickova improved to 15-9 in her first season with the Wildcats and is 3-3 this spring.
After Wichita State (3-6) evened the match at 2 with a win at No. 5 singles, K-State took control of the match. Bonacic fought to a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles over Kovalova. The senior from Split, Croatia, is 64-37 in her career and is tied for sixth on the K-State career singles wins list with Eva Novotna (1997-01; 64-53). Dating back to the final three matches of the spring of 2010, Bonacic has now won 40 of her last 48 dual matches.
The Wildcats sealed the win at No. 6 singles, as sophomore Amina St. Hill registered a 6-1, 6-1 win over Veronika Blaskova. St. Hill, a product of Gothenburg, Sweden, is 9-7 this season, including a 2-1 record at the No. 6 position in the lineup.
Kansas State will conclude a two-match trip to Wichita on Sunday afternoon, as the Wildcats will face No. 20 Purdue at 2 p.m., at the Wichita Country Club.
(45) Kansas State (4-2) at (65) Wichita State (3-6)
February 23, 2013
Wichita, Kan. | Wichita Country Club
(45) Kansas State 4, (65) Wichita State 2
1. (26) Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic (K-State) def Julia Schiller/Lucia Kovalova (WSU), 8-6
2. Carla Venticinque/Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU) def. Ivana Kubickova/Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State), 8-4
3. Montse Blanco Fernandez/S. Mahajaroenkul (WSU) def. Amina St. Hill/Gema Bolado-Yusta (K-State), 8-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. (17) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU), 6-2, 6-1
2. Karla Bonacic (K-State) def. Lucia Kovalova (WSU), 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
3. Ivana Kubickova (K-State) def. Julia Schiller (WSU), 7-5, 6-4
4. Ana Gomez Aleman (K-State) vs. S. Mahujaroenkul (WSU), DNF
5. Montse Blanco Fernandez (WSU) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State), 7-5, 6-4
6. Amina St. Hill (K-State) def. Veronika Blaskova (WSU), 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 5, 2, 6*
*- match decided