K-State tennis falls to Texas Tech in quarters

By The Mercury

NORMAN, Okla. — Due to inclement weather, the Big 12 adjusted the schedule of the K-State and Texas Tech Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships quarterfinal match on Friday, playing the singles matches ahead of the doubles matches.

The adjustment added to the drama, as the Red Raiders held off the No. 7-seed Wildcats, 4-3 at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

K-State fell to an overall record of 10-11 this season.

Second-seeded Texas Tech (19-5), secured the first point with a straight-set win at No. 3 singles. The Red Raiders would capture straight-set wins at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles, but the Wildcats battled back each time to square the match.

K-State’s Petra Niedermayerova eased past Samantha Adams at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-2, to tie the match at one. With the win, Niedermayerova became the second player in school history to win 30 singles matches in a season (30-9) and moved her within one win of tying Tamar Kvaratskhelia for the school record (31-7).

Niedermayerova, a junior from Brno, Czech Republic, moved into second on the K-State career singles wins list with a record of 78-32 (.709).

After the Red Raiders retook the lead at 2-1, senior Carmen Borau Ramos pushed the Wildcats back into a tie with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles over Caroline Starck. The win for Borau Ramos boosted her record this season to a career-best 13-19 and evened her record at No. 6 singles at 3-3.

The product of Jaca, Spain, has won four straight matches, all coming from the final position in the K-State singles lineup.

Texas Tech again captured the lead with a hard-fought two-set win at No. 5 singles, but senior Karla Bonacic held off the Red Raiders’ semifinal advancement. Bonacic tallied a three-set triumph over Rashmi Teltumbde at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.

The win was Bonacic’s 10th in her last 11 outings and boosts her record this season to 20-8. This is Bonacic’s third straight season with 20 or more singles victories. She is 9-2 this season in three-set matches, including a current winning streak of nine in extended matches.

Texas Tech closed out the match by winning the doubles point. The Lady Raiders tallied wins at No. 2 (8-1) and No. 3 doubles (8-2). K-State’s No. 1 duo of Niedermayerova and Bonacic, ranked No. 26 in the ITA doubles rankings, were leading their match over Adams and Kenna Kilgo, 6-4, when it was halted due to weather.

K-State will now await its postseason team and individual fates. The NCAA Women’s Tennis Team Championship selections will be made on Tuesday. The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship selections will be announced Wednesday.

Niedermayerova is expected to make her third straight appearance in the singles championship, while Niedermayerova and Bonacic have a chance of becoming K-State’s first-ever representatives in the doubles championship.

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