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Cats end skid with win at Iowa State

By The Mercury

AMES, Iowa — The Kansas State tennis team ended its six-match losing streak on Friday afternoon with a 4-3 decision over Iowa State at Ames Racquet and Fitness.

The Wildcats have now won three straight in the series and 19 of the last 20 matches between the schools.

K-State improved to 6-13 this season and 2-5 in the Big 12, while the Cyclones fell to 3-16 overall and 0-6 in the league.

The Wildcats took the early advantage over the Cyclones by winning the doubles point. K-State carded wins at number one and three doubles to capture the first point of the afternoon. This is the eighth time this season K-State has won the doubles point.

The number one pairing of Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic recorded their fourth win in their last five matches with an 8-2 victory over Maria Macedo and Tessa Lang. Niedermayerova and Bonacic are now 4-6 together this season, including a 3-4 mark in Big 12 action.

Following just behind the number one pair were the freshmen number three tandem of Marketa Trousilova and Carli Wischhoff. The K-State duo defeated Jenna Langhorst and Ksenia Pronina, 8-3. Trousilova and Wischhoff captured their fourth victory in their last five matches and own a 4-6 mark together this season including a 3-4 record in the Big 12.

For the third straight match, Niedermayerova and Bonacic carried their success from doubles into singles play. After Iowa State had tied the match at one apiece with a win at number three singles, Niedermayerova cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Macedo at number one singles to give K-State a 2-1 lead.

Niedermayerova, ranked No. 29 in this week’s Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, improved to 14-5 this spring with Friday’s win. For her career, the sophomore from Brno, Czech Republic owns a 45-21 overall record, including a 20-11 record this season and a 4-3 mark in the Big 12.

Bonacic also eased to a straight-set win over Pronina at number two singles, 6-3, 6-1.

With the win on Friday, Bonacic boosted her record this spring to 14-5 and 5-2 in Big 12 play. The junior from Split, Croatia, is 19-7 in her career from the number two position in the lineup and owns a career mark of 53-33. Dating back to the final three matches of the 2010 spring season, Bonacic has won 33 of her last 40 matches in dual match action.

Carmen Borau Ramos clinched the victory for K-State with a hard fought three-set win over Langhorst at number five singles, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. Borau Ramos notched her ninth win of the season, including a 6-8 mark this spring and a 4-2 record in Big 12 action. The win was Borau Ramos’ second in 3-sets this season and the eighth of her career.

K-State will conclude its 2012 spring road schedule today at Missouri, with first serve in Columbia, Mo., is slated for noon.

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