K-State tennis hosts Shockers Thursday

By The Mercury

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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