Sept. 19, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s tennis will kick-off its 2012 fall schedule this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Lawrence, Kan., for the KU Invitational. The weekend will feature flighted singles draws of eight players and two 16-team doubles draws. Friday and Saturday will involve two doubles matches and one singles match, while Sunday will feature singles finals and additional singles matches as assigned.
Head coach Steve Bietau will enter his 29th season at the helm of the K-State women’s tennis program. Bietau welcomes back a roster that features three seniors, a junior and two sophomores. K-State will enter the season with a pair of nationally ranked players in Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic.
Niedermayerova opens the season with a career-high ranking of No. 14 in the preseason ITA national singles rankings. Her previous career-high ranking was No. 17 on Jan. 3, 2012. She is also the top player from the ITA Central Region and is the highest ranked player among the Big 12 representatives in the preseason ranking. This is the second straight season Niedermayerova will enter the season as the top ranked player in the Central Region.
For her career, Niedermayerova is 48-23 (.676) including a 16-14 mark against ITA ranked foes. Niedermayerova’s career singles winning percentage of .676 ranks third in school history. With 15 wins in the 2012-13 season, Niedermayerova will tie for sixth in school history for career victories.
Bonacic checks in at No. 69 in the preseason ITA national singles rankings. For her career, Bonacic has a 55-33 (.625) record and is 38-28 in straight set matches. With eight more 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 sixth in school history.
K-State’s number one doubles tandem of Niedermayerova and Bonacic will enter the fall schedule ranked No. 28 in the preseason ITA doubles rankings. The duo completed the 2011-12 season in the ITA national doubles rankings at No. 66. The duo earned All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches at the conclusion of the 2012 spring season. Together, they finished with a 5-8 overall record and a 4-5 mark in Big 12 action.
Joining Niedermayerova and Bonacic this season are seniors Carmen Borau Ramos and Ana Gomez Aleman and sophomores Amina St. Hill and Carli Wischhoff. Borau Ramos enters the season with a 30-48 career record and tallied a career-high 11 wins in 2011-12. Gomez Aleman, 33-51 in her career, will look to bounce back from a sluggish 2011-12 with a result similar to her 2010-11 campaign when she notched a career-best 20-13 mark.
St. Hill and Wischhoff will both take part in their first fall season with K-State, after joining the program in January of 2012 for the spring slate. Both immediately saw action in the K-State singles lineup, where St. Hill carded a 7-12 mark in her rookie season, while Wischhoff tallied a 6-9 record including wins in two of her last three outings.
Newcomers to the K-State roster for 2012-13 are freshmen Miranda Erisman and Ivana Kubickova. Erisman joins the program from Shawnee, Kan., while Kubickova hails from the same hometown as assistant coach Olga Shaw and Niedermayerova of Brno, Czech Republic.
Following the weekend’s action in Lawrence, six Wildcats will travel to the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind., on Sept. 28-30, while Bonacic and Niedermayerova will travel west to the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif., which begins Sept. 29 at the Riviera Tennis Club.