K-State tennis loses at No. 28 Oklahoma State

By The Mercury

STILLWATER, Okla. — The 36th-ranked Kansas State tennnis team picked up a pair of singles victories from the top two positions in its singles lineup Friday, but No. 28 Oklahoma State fended off the Wildcats, 5-2, at the DeBois Tennis Complex, 5-2.

K-State has now lost three straight matches and five of its last six.

At the top position in the K-State singles lineup, No. 17 Petra Niedermayerova defeated No. 58 Malika Rose, 7-5, 6-2. Niedermayerova improved her record this season to 22-6 including an 8-1 mark this spring. The junior from Brno, Czech Republic is 16-5 in Big 12 matches and is 21-17 in career matches against ITA ranked opponents.

The win on Friday gave Niedermayerova her 70th career victory (70-29, .707). She is the fourth player in school history with 70 career wins and needs seven singles wins to move into a three-way tie for second with Petra Sedlmajerova (1999-03; 77-47) and Jessica Simosa (2001-06; 77-61). She needs nine wins to move into a tie for first with Maria Rosenberg (2000-05; 79-54).

Senior Karla Bonacic, ranked No. 94 and playing at No. 2 in the K-State lineup, defeated Meghan Blevins, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Bonacic owns a career record of 49-17 in dual match action, including a 27-10 mark from the No. 2 position. She improved her career Big 12 record to 21-9 with the win.

Dating back to the final three matches of 2010, Bonacic has won 41 of her last 51 dual matches. For her career, Bonacic is sixth in school history for career singles wins with a mark of 65-39 (.625). With her win on Friday in three-sets, Bonacic improved her career mark in extended matches to 21-7 including a 9-1 record in three-set matches in Big 12 play.

Niedermayerova and Bonacic ended a two-match skid in doubles action with an 8-3 win over Rose and Kanyapat Narattana at No. 1 doubles. Niedermayerova and Bonacic, ranked No. 31 in the ITA doubles rankings, own a 12-8 record this season and are 25-24 when paired together over the last three seasons.

Oklahoma State (7-2, 1-0) captured the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. In singles play, the Cowgirls picked up wins at Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles. The win at No. 3 singles sealed the win for Oklahoma State.

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