K-State tennis falls to Shockers

By The Mercury

WAMEGO — The Kansas State tennis team jumped out to a pair of leads on Thursday against No. 68 Wichita State at the Wamego Recreation Complex, but the Shockers came back to extend K-State’s losing streak to six matches with a 4-3 decision.

The Wildcats are 5-13 this season, while Wichita State improved to 12-5.

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

The number one pairing of Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic recorded their third win in their last four matches with an 8-4 victory over Delia Damaschin and Lucia Kovalova. Niedermayerova and Bonacic are now 3-6 together this season.

Following just behind the number one pair were the freshmen number three tandem of Marketa Trousilova and Carli Wischhoff. The K-State duo defeated Montse Blanco Fernandez and Veronika Blaskova, 8-4. Trousilova and Wischhoff captured their third victory in their last four matches and own a 3-6 mark together this season.

For the second straight match, Niedermayerova and Bonacic carried their success from doubles into singles play. After Wichita State tied the match at one apiece with a win at number five singles, Niedermayerova came back from a 4-1 first set deficit to sweep past No. 79 Lutfiana Budiharto, 6-4, 6-3, at number one singles to give K-State a 2-1 lead.

Niedermayerova, ranked No. 32 in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, improved to 13-5 this spring with Thursday’s win. For her career, the sophomore from Brno, Czech Republic owns a 43-21 overall record including a 14-12 record against ranked foes.

Bonacic scratched out a hard fought straight-set win over Damaschin at number two singles, 6-4, 6-3. With the win on Thursday, Bonacic boosted her record this spring to 13-5. The junior from Split, Croatia, is 18-7 in her career from the number two position in the lineup and owns a career mark of 52-33. Dating back to the final three matches of the 2010 spring season, Bonacic has won 32 of her last 39 matches in dual match action.

The Shockers were able to secure the match with singles wins at the bottom four positions of the lineup to record the win.

K-State returns to Big 12 action to face Iowa State next Friday in Ames, Iowa and Missouri on April 15 in Columbia, Mo.

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