K-State tennis defeats Harvard, 5-2

By The Mercury

BOSTON — The 64th-ranked Kansas State tennis team closed a successful weekend in the northeast on Sunday with a 5-2 win over No. 73 Harvard at the Murr Center.

This the first 2-0 start for the Wildcats since the 2011 season and the fourth 2-0 start in the last six seasons.

The Wildcats opened action by winning the doubles point. K-State tallied its first doubles win of the afternoon with an 8-1 victory from the No. 2 pairing of Ivana Kubickova and Carmen Borau Ramos over Sylvia Li and Amanda Lin. The duo of Kubickova and Borau Ramos are now 2-2 this season.

K-State’s top pairing of No. 34 Karla Bonacic and Petra Niedermayerova sealed the doubles point with an 8-4 win over Kristin Norton and Amy He. Bonacic and Niedermayerova are 9-5 when paired together this season and 22-21 in their careers.

At the top of the K-State singles lineup, 15th-ranked Niedermayerova fought to a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, win over Norton. With her win on Sunday, Niedermayerova climbs into a tie for fifth on the career singles wins list with a career mark of 64-28. She needs three wins to tie for fourth and 15 wins to move into a tie for first.

The junior from Brno, Czech Republic owns a team-leading record of 16-5 this season and is 3-1 in three-set matches.

Senior Ana Gomez Aleman registered her second straight win with a 6-2, 6-0 decision over Natalie Blosser at No. 5 singles. Gomez Aleman, a native of Murcia, Spain, is 6-8 on the season and improved her career record to 39-59, including a 26-44 record in straight-set matches.

Kubickova also registered her second win of the weekend with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Li at No. 3 singles. Kubickova, a freshman from Brno, Czech Republic, is 14-6 in her debut season with the Wildcats, including an 11-4 mark in straight set matches.

Closing out the singles wins for the Wildcats was newcomer Gema Bolado-Yusta. The freshman from Madrid, Spain, who joined the Wildcats at the beginning of the second semester, registered her first career win with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles over Crystal Yen.

The Wildcats return to Manhattan to host their first home match of the spring on Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. against Tulsa at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center.

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