April 25, 2012
Kansas State Match Notes (PDF)
2012 Big 12 Tennis Championships
(19) Texas A&M (16-4, 7-2 Big 12) vs. (67) Kansas State (8-13, 4-5 Big 12)
April 27, 2012 | 3 p.m. | George P. Mitchell Tennis Center | College Station, Texas
Series History and Notes
Texas A&M leads the series, 17-1... Texas A&M won the matchup earlier this season, 6-1, on March 30 in College Station... K-State won last season's meeting in Manhattan, 5-2 on March 26... Last season's win ended a 16-match losing streak to the Aggies... The Wildcats are 0-8 against Texas A&M in matches played in College Station.
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MANHATTAN, Kan. - No. 67 Kansas State will enter the 2012 Big 12 Tennis Championships as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 seed and No. 19 Texas A&M on Friday at 3 p.m., at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas. This is the highest seed for the Wildcats in the Big 12 Championships since the 2002 and 2003 seasons when K-State was a No. 6 seed. K-State enters the Big 12 Championships on a high note, as the Wildcats own a season-high three-match winning streak.
Action from the 2012 Big 12 Tennis Championships can be followed through live stats at big12sports.com or at kstatesports.com. Fan can also receive updates from the weekend's matches by following the official K-State Athletic Department Twitter gameday feed (@kstate_gameday).
K-State capped its regular season schedule with a 6-1 win over Sunflower State rival Kansas on April 21 at the Wamego Recreation Complex. The Wildcats have now won four straight over the Jayhawks and eight of the last 11 meetings.
With the win over the Jayhawks, Kansas State head coach Steve Bietau notched the 100th Big 12 win of his career. Bietau, the career leader for wins in K-State women's tennis history, has been responsible for 255 of K-State's 301 victories (84.7 percent).
For the first time in Big 12 action this season, K-State opened a match by sweeping its way to the doubles point. The Wildcats are 6-3 this season when securing the doubles point. K-State has been led recently in doubles play by the freshmen duo of Marketa Trousilova and Carli Wischhoff. Trousilova and Wischhoff have won four consecutive matches and six of their last seven outings.
In singles action, the Wildcats won five of the six matches including four wins in straight sets. Leading the way for the Wildcats were Petra Niedermayerova (No. 1 singles), Amina St. Hill (No. 6 singles) and Carmen Borau Ramos (No. 5 singles). For the third straight match Borau Ramos clinched the match point for the Wildcats.
Niedermayerova, ranked No. 27 in this week's Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, has won 16 of her last 20 including a current five match streak and the sophomore from Brno, Czech Republic is 22-11 (.667) overall this season and is 46-21 (.687) in her career. Her career winning percentage of .687 ranks fourth in school history. Niedermayerova has played her entire career for the Wildcats in the number one position in the lineup and owns a career mark of 35-9 at this spot in the lineup.
Karla Bonacic improved her winning streak to five with a three-set win over Paulina Los at number two singles. Bonacic, the No. 100 player in the nation, has won 17 of her last 22 outings and owns a 55-33 (.625) career mark. With eight more career singles wins, Bonacic will move into a tie for sixth on the K-State career singles wins list. Bonacic's career singles winning percentage of .625 currently ranks tied for fifth in school history.
In her career, Bonacic is 42-13 in dual match play which includes her record of 16-5 this season. In terms of her play from the number two position in the lineup, Bonacic is 21-7 in her career in the number two spot and has played every match this season in the second position.
With their wins last Saturday, both Niedermayerova and Bonacic tied for 10th in school history for singles wins in a season as the duo both own a team-leading 22 singles wins this season. Bonacic's record of 22-9 is a new career-high for a season, while Niedermayerova needs two wins to tie her career-best from last season of 24 wins.