K-State opens Big 12 action against Cowgirls, Sooners

By The Mercury

The Kansas State tennis team returns home to begin a five-match homestand, as the Wildcats host No. 53 Oklahoma State on Friday at 1 p.m., and No. 54 Oklahoma on Sunday at noon.

Matches are schedule to be played outdoors at the Wamego Recreation Complex.

In K-State’s last outing on Feb. 29, the Wildcats fell to No. 34 Nebraska in a tightly contested match, 4-3, in Lincoln. The Wildcats dropped the doubles point, but were able to tie the match at one following Petra Niedermayerova’s 12th-career win over a ranked opponent with a straight set win over No. 55 Mary Weatherholt.

The Huskers captured the next three singles matches, but Karla Bonacic and Amina St. Hill. Bonacic tallied her second three-set win of the spring at number two singles and St. Hill tallied her third straight win at number six singles.

Pacing the Wildcats in the early stages of this season are Niedermayerova and Bonacic.

Niedermayerova, the No. 24 player in the nation in the most recent Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, ran her winning streak to a career-best nine matches with another straight-set win from the top of the K-State’s lineup.

The Brno, Czech Republic native is 15-3 in straight set matches this season and is 15-7 overall. With one more win, Niedermayerova will secure the 40th win of her young career as her record stands at 39-17.

Bonacic, the No. 89 player in the nation, has won nine of her last 11 outings and improved to 13-4 in her career in three-set matches with the win against Nebraska.

The junior of Split, Croatia, owns a career record of 13-4 from the number two position in the lineup. For her career, Bonacic is 47-30 and is 35-11 in dual match play.

Joining the fray recently for K-State has been St. Hill. The freshman from Gothenburg, Sweden has shaken off a three-match losing streak to record a three-match winning streak and even her record at 4-4 in her first season with the Wildcats.

St. Hill joined the program prior to the start of the second semester.

Following K-State’s first conference matches of the season, the Wildcats continue its five-match homestand against Memphis on March 18. The Wildcats will host the Tigers at noon at the Wamego Recreation Complex.

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