Sunday, October 4, 2015

K-State tennis hosts Shockers Thursday

The Kansas State team returns home to step outside Big 12 action this week to face No. 65 Wichita State on Thursday at 1 p.m.

The match is slated to be contested outdoors at the Wamego Recreation Complex.

This will be the ninth straight match for K-State against an opponent ranked among the Campbell/ITA national top-75 team rankings.

This is the first time since at least the 2000 season that K-State has faced nine straight ranked opponents. For the season, K-State has played 13 matches against ranked foes.

In the squad’s last outings, K-State dropped a pair of matches in the state of Texas over the weekend. The Wildcats fell to No. 16 Texas A&M, 6-1, in College Station on March 30 and at No. 10 Texas, 5-2, on April 1 in Austin.

Picking up singles wins in Texas over the weekend were Petra Niedermayerova, Karla Bonacic and Carmen Borau Ramos.

Niedermayerova, ranked No. 32 in the most recent national singles rankings, tallied a 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 58 Krista Damico and ending Damico’s 12-match winning streak in the process. Niedermayerova owns a career mark of 13-12 against opponents ranked in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings.

Niedermayerova has won 12 of her last 16 matches and the sophomore from Brno, Czech Republic is 18-11 overall this season and is 42-21 (.667) in her career. Niedermayerova has played her entire career for the Wildcats in the number one position in the lineup and owns a career mark of 31-9 at this spot in the lineup.

Bonacic, the No. 89 player in the nation, has won 13 of her last 18 outings including a hard fought 6-3, 7-5 win over Noel Scott of Texas.

Against Texas Tech on March 23, the junior from Split, Croatia, recorded the 50th singles win of her career as she owns a 51-33 (.607) career mark. In her career, Bonacic is 38-13 in dual match play, which includes her record of 12-5 this season.

In terms of her play from the number two position in the lineup, Bonacic is 17-7 in her career in the number two spot and has played every match this season in the second position.

Borau Ramos registered a 6-2, 6-0 win over Texas A&M’s Sheri Olivier at number six singles. Borau Ramos, a junior from Jaca, Spain, is 3-2 in league action this season and is 12-14 in her career in the Big 12. For the season, Borau Ramos is 8-13, but 7-7 in two-set matches.

If weather forces the match to be moved indoors to Body First Tennis and Fitness Center in Manhattan, an announcement will be made through the official K-State Twitter feeds (@kstatesports and @kstate_gameday).

Following Thursday’s match against the Shockers, K-State returns to the road when the Wildcats travel to Big 12 foes Iowa State on April 13 and Missouri on April 15.

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