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K-State tennis defeats Kansas, 4-3

By The Mercury

LAWRENCE — No. 50 Kansas State received a hard-fought three-set win from Ana Gomez Aleman at number five singles to seal a 4-3 K-State win over Kansas on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. The win moves K-State’s winning streak over Kansas to five straight matches and K-State’s overall current win streak to three matches. K-State owns an overall record of 7-6 and is 1-2 in Big 12 action, while KU falls to 8-5 overall and 0-3 in the league.

After KU secured the doubles point, K-State captured three of the next four singles points to take a 3-2 lead. Freshman Ivana Kubickova started the Wildcats on the right foot with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Paulina Los at number three singles. Kubickova, a product of Brno, Czech Republic, secured her second career Big 12 win and improved her rookie season record to 19-12.

At the top position in the K-State singles lineup, No. 11 ranked Petra Niedermayerova won her 12th match this spring (12-1) and her fifth straight with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Maria Jose Cardona to give K-State a 2-1 lead. With the win, Niedermayerova recorded her 26th win this season (26-6) and ties her for third in school history with Karin Lusnic (1991-92, 26-13). She is 20-4 this season in straight set matches and 60-16 in her career in straight sets.

Niedermayerova, a junior from Brno, Czech Republic, ranks fourth on the K-State single-season wins list with a record of 74-29 (.718) and needs three wins to move into a three-way tie for second with Petra Sedlmajerova (1999-03; 77-47) and Jessica Simosa (2001-06; 77-61). She needs five wins to move into a tie for first with Maria Rosenberg (2000-05; 79-54).

Following a KU win at number six singles, senior Karla Bonacic brought K-State back into the lead, 3-2, with a 7-6, 6-3 win at number two singles over Maria Belen Luduena. Bonacic owns a career record of 52-18 in dual match action, including a 30-11 mark from the No. 2 position in the lineup.

Kansas squared the match at three apiece with a three-set win at number four singles. Gomez Aleman sealed the win for the Wildcats with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Anastasija Trubica at number five singles. Gomez Aleman tallied her second straight three-set win, after downing Anneka Watts of Fresno State in three-sets on March 18. The product of Murcia, Spain, is now 42-66 in her career.

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