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K-State tennis to face A&M, Longhorns this weekend

By The Mercury

The Kansas State tennis team will continue its challenging stretch of matches this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to the state of Texas to face No. 16 Texas A&M in College Station on Friday at 6 p.m., and No. 10 Texas in Austin on Sunday at noon.

This will be the seventh and eighth straight matches for K-State against opponents ranked among the Campbell/ITA national top-75 team rankings.

In the squad s last outings, K-State dropped a pair of tough 4-3 decisions to No. 18 Texas Tech and No. 13 Baylor.

In the 4-3 loss to the Red Raiders on March 23, K-State rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the match at three. The Wildcats won three straight three-set matches, but fell in the fourth and final extended match of the afternoon.

Against the Bears, the Wildcats were looking for its second straight win over Baylor. K-State held the early advantage by winning the doubles point. In singles action, the Wildcats battled back twice to tie the Bears with the match result falling to a battle between two of the nation s top players at number one singles, K-State s Petra Niedermayerova (No. 30 at the time) and Baylor s Diana Nakic (No. 13).

The three-set match between Niedermayerova and Nakic lasted almost four hours in duration, with Nakic surviving, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Pacing K-State from the top of the singles lineup this season have been Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic. Niedermayerova, ranked No. 32 in the most recent national singles rankings, has won 11 of her last 14 matches. The Brno, Czech Republic native is 17-10 overall this season and is 41-19 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 30-8 at this spot in the lineup.

Bonacic, the No. 89 player in the nation, has won 12 of her last 16 outings. Against Texas Tech on March 23, the junior from Split, Croatia, recorded the 50th singles win of her career as she owns a 50-32 career mark.

In her career, Bonacic is 37-12 in dual match play which includes her record of 11-4 this season. In terms of her play from the number two position in the lineup, Bonacic is 16-6 in her career in the number two spot and has played every match this season in the second position.

Following this weekend, K-State returns to Manhattan to step outside the Big 12 to face No. 65 Wichita State next Thursday at 1 p.m.

The match against the Shockers is slated to be played outdoors at the Wamego Recreation Complex.

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