K-State tennis team defeats William & Mary

By The Mercury

BOSTON, Mass. — The Kansas State tennis team used a pair of three-set wins to defeat William & Mary, 4-3, on Saturday at the Murr Center on the Harvard campus.

The Wildcats have now won eight of their last nine season openers.

“This was a very difficult match to win and we give a lot of respect to William & Mary, all of their players are very strong competitors,” said K-State coach Steve Bietau. “I am happy with the way we finished the match.”

After dropping the doubles point, K-State registered four singles wins to capture the match. Senior Ana Gomez Aleman ended a personal three-match skid to bring K-State back to even with the Tribe. Gomez Aleman defeated Sydney Smith, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 6 position. Gomez Aleman is 5-8 on the season and improved her career record at the No. 6 position to 2-0.

The Tribe secured a pair of straight-set wins at the No. 4 and 5 spots in the lineup, but freshman Ivana Kubickova registered a straight-set win of her own at the No. 3 position. Kubickova set down Leeza Nemchinov, 6-3, 7-5, to up her record to 13-6 in her debut season.

Senior Karla Bonacic recorded her first three-set match win of the 2012-13 season and the 17th of her career with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2 come back at the No. 2 position over Jeltje Loomans. The win on Saturday for Bonacic was the 60th of her career (60-36) and the 22nd (22-7) in the No. 2 position in the lineup. Bonacic needs three wins to move into a tie for sixth in school history.

At the top of the K-State lineup, No. 15 ranked Petra Niedermayerova fought to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, win over Maria Belaya to close out the match for the Wildcats.

With her win on Saturday, Niedermayerova tied for sixth in school history for career victories with a career mark of 63-28. She needs one win to tie for fifth and 16 wins to move into a tie for first.

The junior from Brno, Czech Republic owns a team-leading record of 15-5 this season and is 2-1 in three-set matches.

No. 64 K-State will face No. 73 Harvard this morning at 10 a.m. at the Murr Center to conclude the weekend in Boston.

The Wildcats will return to Manhattan to host their first home match of the spring Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. against Tulsa.

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