K-State tennis finishes road trip this weekend at Tulsa

By The Mercury

With an opportunity to win the 250th match of his career this weekend, Kansas State head tennis coach Steve Bietau takes his No. 53-ranked Wildcats on the road for the final trip of an eight-match road trek to open the 2012 spring season.

The Wildcats will head to Tulsa, Okla., on for a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday — first against No. 20 Tulsa on Friday at 3 p.m. and then UT-Arlington on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Bietau is in his 28th season with the Wildcats and is the career wins leader in the program’s history. He owns a career record of 249-328 following K-State’s performance in Arkansas last weekend.

The Wildcats dropped a pair of matches in Fayetteville, losing a heartbreaker to North Texas on Saturday afternoon and falling to No. 32 Arkansas on Sunday. K-State held a 3-0 lead over the Mean Green, but were outdueled in a trio of three-set matches. K-State had a streak of 16-straight matches halted after winning the doubles’ point. It was K-State’s first loss since April 9, 2010 when the Cats won the doubles point at Colorado, but dropped the match.

Pacing the Wildcats in the early stages of this season are sophomore Petra Niedermayerova and junior Karla Bonacic. Niedermayerova, the No. 17 player in the nation in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, registered a pair of straight-set wins to run her winning streak to five matches. This is the Brno, Czech Republic native’s longest winning streak this season and her longest since she tallied a career-best streak of seven wins from April 3-29, 2011.

For the season, Niedermayerova is 11-7 and is 11-3 in straight set matches.

Bonacic, the No. 94 player in the nation, captured a pair of singles wins in Fayetteville at the number two position. 

The product of Split, Croatia, captured her first win of the weekend with a straight set win over North Texas, followed by her first three-set win of the season on Sunday against Arkansas. This season, Bonacic has won six of her last seven outings and owns a record of 11-5.

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