K-State tennis drops road finale

By The Mercury

WACO, Texas — The 48th-ranked Kansas State tennis team closed out the longest road trip in the program’s history — 12 matches — on Sunday, but the Wildcats’ were unable to end the stretch on a high note as No. 42 Baylor defeated K-State, 4-3, at the Hurd Tennis Center.

K-State fell to 7-8 this season and 1-4 in Big 12 action, while the Bears improved to 10-13 overall and 4-1 in the league.

Baylor secured the early lead with a pair of doubles wins to secure the 1-0 advantage. K-State is 2-8 this season when dropping the doubles point. The Wildcats’ lone doubles win on Sunday came from the top of its lineup.

At No. 1 doubles, the 37th-ranked tandem of Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic defeated Baylor’s top team and 29th-ranked duo of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva, 8-7.

Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 17-9 this season and 4-1 in Big 12 matches. The duo has won five straight doubles matches.

During the last three seasons, Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 30-25 when paired together. Bonacic improved to 56-57 in her career in doubles play, while Niedermayerova is 55-39.

In singles action, Bonacic cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win over No. 120 Kisialeva at No. 2 singles. The win was Bonacic’s third win this season over a ranked opponent and her second this weekend. The win improved her record against ITA ranked foes to 7-12.

With Sunday’s win, Bonacic owns a current five-match winning streak and boosted her record this season to 15-7, which marks her third straight season with 15 or more singles wins.

Bonacic is now 55-18 in her career in dual match action, including a 32-11 mark from the No. 2 position in the lineup. Dating back to the final three matches of 2010, Bonacic has won 46 of her last 57 dual matches.

For her career, Bonacic became the fifth player and joins Niedermayerova as the second Wildcat this season to reach 70 singles win in a career. She ranks fifth in school history for career singles wins with a mark of 70-40 (.636).

Joining Bonacic in the singles win column on Sunday were senior Ana Gomez Aleman and freshman Ivana Kubickova. At No. 6 singles, Gomez Aleman tallied a 6-2, 5-3 retire win over Alex Leatu.

Kubickova tallied her 20th win of her debut season with the Wildcats with a 6-3, 7-5 straight-set win over Jordaan Sanford at No. 3 singles. Kubickova is the first K-State freshman to win 20 matches in their rookie season since Petra Niedermayerova in the 2010-11 campaign.

Kubickova, a product of Brno, Czech Republic, is 20-13 this season, including an 8-7 record from the third position in the K-State lineup and a 3-2 mark in Big 12 action.

K-State returns to Kansas this weekend to begin a four-match homestand to close out the 2013 regular season schedule.

The Wildcats will host No. 15 Texas Tech on Friday at 1 p.m. and No. 24 Texas on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Wamego Recreation Complex in Wamego.

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