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K-State tennis team loses at TCU

By The Mercury

FORT WORTH, Texas — The 48th-ranked Kansas State tennis team entered the first of its final two matches of its 12-match road trip with a three-match winning streak, but the Wildcats’ streak was snapped by No. 35 TCU on Friday, 5-2, at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

K-State fell to 7-7 this season and 1-3 in Big 12 action, while the Horned Frogs improved to 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the league.

The Wildcats started the afternoon strong, winning the doubles point for the fifth time this season.

K-State picked up wins from its No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams, with the win at No. 1 doubles clinching the point for the Wildcats. This is the first time this season K-State has lost when winning the doubles point.

The No. 2 doubles team of Ivana Kubickova and Amina St. Hill dispatched of Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram, 8-4.

Kubickova and St. Hill run their record together to 3-5 this season and 1-2 in Big 12 action. For the season, Kubickova owns a 16-15 doubles record.

At No. 1 doubles, the No. 37 ITA-ranked tandem of Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic rallied to defeat TCU’s top team of Olivia Smith and Stefanie Tan, 9-7.

Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 16-9 this season and 3-1 in Big 12 matches. The duo has won four straight doubles matches.

Over the last three seasons, Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 29-25 when paired together. Bonacic improved to 55-57 in her career in doubles play, while Niedermayerova is 54-39.

TCU followed the defeat in doubles with five straight singles victories to seal the win. The Horned Frogs closed out the Wildcats with a win at No. 4 singles.

Bonacic tallied the lone K-State singles win on Friday, a hard-fought three-set win over No. 75 Smith at No. 2 singles, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.

The win was Bonacic’s second win this season over a ranked opponent and improved her record against ITA ranked foes to 6-12.

Bonacic boosted her career record to 54-18 in dual match action, including a 31-11 mark from the No. 2 position in the lineup. Dating back to the final three matches of 2010, Bonacic has won 45 of her last 56 dual matches.

For her career, Bonacic is fifth in school history for career singles wins with a mark of 69-40 (.633). She is now 23-7 in her career, including a 10-1 mark in Big 12 matches, in three-set matches.

K-State will conclude its 12-match road today, as the Wildcats will travel to Waco to face No. 42 Baylor at noon.

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