April 25, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – Seventh-seeded Kansas State extended its current winning streak to three matches and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships with a 4-0 win over 10th seeded West Virginia in Thursday’s first round action at the Headington Family Tennis Center. K-State improves its overall record to 10-10 this season and advances to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships for the ninth time in the program’s history.
Junior Petra Niedermayerova claimed a piece of K-State history early in the match, as she and her playing partner Karla Bonacic captured their number one doubles match, 8-1, over Ikttesh Chahal and Hailey Barrett. With the victory, Niedermayerova secured the school record for doubles wins in a single season with her record of 26-11 in the 2012-13 season. The previous record of 25 wins was held by Marijke Nel and Thresa Burcham from the 1988-89 season. For her career, Niedermayerova is 59-40 and ranks ninth in school history for career doubles victories.
The No. 26 ITA ranked tandem of Bonacic and Niedermayerova secured their ninth win in the last 10 matches. For the season, the 2013 Big 12 number one champion duo is 21-10 together. Over the last three seasons, Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 33-25 when paired together.
With the doubles win, Bonacic brought her career mark to 60-58 and is tied with Katerina Kudlackova (2006-09; 60-80) for seventh in school history for career doubles wins.
In singles action after the Mountaineers defaulted at the number six position in the lineup, Gomez Aleman tallied her fourth straight win with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Irinka Toidze at number five singles. The win for Gomez Aleman was her eighth win in the last 10 matches. For the season, the product of Murcia, Spain, is 14-17 and is 47-68 in her career.
Bonacic ended the match against the Mountaineers with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Chahal at number two singles. The win was Bonacic’s ninth in her last 10 outings and boosts her record this season to 19-8.
The senior from Split, Croatia, ranks fifth in school history for career singles wins with a mark of 74-41 (.643). In her career in dual match play, Bonacic owns a 58-19 record, including a 36-12 mark from the No. 2 position in the lineup. Dating back to the final three matches of 2010, Bonacic has won 50 of her last 62 dual matches.
K-State will number two seed and No. 17 ITA ranked Texas Tech on Friday in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships. The match at the Headington Family Tennis Center begins at 3 p.m., with live results available at big12sports.com and kstatesports.com.
Kansas State Head Coach Steve Bietau
On today's first round win...
“Our No. 1 doubles team has been playing well and that took care of that. It’s definitely easier when you only have to get two points in singles to clinch the match. We were a little bit up and a little bit down and just had to get through it.
On facing Texas Tech on Friday...
“Tough match ahead. We’ve been competitive with Texas Tech, but we’ve got to find a way to get two more points.”
West Virginia Head Coach Tina Samara
On playing K-State for a second time in a short turnaround...
“We played this team four days ago, so our result was we split on 4, we split on 1, had a much more competitive match at 3. That’s all you can ask as a coach, is to do better the next time. The doubles, I was disappointed with. Our No. 2 team was hanging in there. They were down 5-2, but the games were close. Our No. 1s just didn’t show up which hurts you when you need to win both.
On the team's first season in the Big 12...
“We have a lot of work to do. I’ve coached in the Big 12 before so it doesn’t matter what I knew, they needed to see it to understand. I’m pretty sure they do. If this doesn’t make them believe, I don’t know what will.”
West Virginia (4-17, 0-9 Big 12) vs. (54) Kansas State (10-10, 3-6 Big 12)
April 25, 2013 | 2013 Big 12 Tennis Championships – 1st Round
Norman, Okla. | Headington Family Tennis Center
(54) Kansas State 4, West Virginia 0
1. (26) Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic (K-State) def. Ikttesh Chahal/Hailey Barrett (WVU), 8-1
2. Ana Gomez Aleman/Carmen Borau Ramos (K-State) vs. Vivian Tsui/Emily Mathis (WVU), 5-2 (dnf)
3. West Virginia defaults
Order of Finish: 3, 1
1. (14) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) vs. Hailey Barrett (WVU), 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (dnf)
2. Karla Bonacic (K-State) vs. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-0, 6-3
3. Ivana Kubickova (K-State) vs. Emily Mathis (WVU), 6-4, 5-3 (dnf)
4. Amina St. Hill (K-State) vs. Vivian Tsui (WVU), 3-6, 6-0, 0-0 (dnf)
5. Ana Gomez Aleman (K-State) vs. Irinka Toidze (WVU), 6-2, 6-0
6. West Virginia defaults
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 2*
*- match decided