K-State tennis to host Tech, Baylor

By The Mercury

The 75th-ranked Kansas State tennis team will close out its season-high five match homestand this weekend, as the Wildcats host a pair of top-25 squads.

K-State will face No. 18 Texas Tech on Friday at 1 p.m. and then close out the weekend against No. 13 Baylor on Sunday at noon at the Wamego Recreational Complex.

This weekend’s matches will feature six ranked players in the Campbell/ITA national rankings, as the Wildcats feature two, Texas Tech one and Baylor three. The Wildcats have faced a ranked opponent in all five of their matches during the homestand.

K-State dropped its last outing last weekend, as the Wildcats fell 7-0 to No. 55 Memphis at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center.

The lone bright spot for the Wildcats was the number three doubles pairing of senior Petra Chuda and Carmen Borau Ramos. The duo tallied its third straight win together with a 8-5 decision over the Tigers’ pair. Chuda and Borau Ramos have been paired together eight times in their K-State careers and own a 5-3 mark in those matches.

Chuda owns a career 44-59 record in doubles play, including a 25-38 record in dual match doubles action. Borau Ramos is 38-31 in her career in doubles and is 23-19 in dual match play.

Pacing K-State from the top of the singles lineup this season have been Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic. Niedermayerova, the No. 30 player in the nation in the most recent singles rankings, has won 10 of her last 12 matches. The Brno, Czech Republic native is 16-3 in straight-set matches this season and is 16-9 overall. Niedermayerova’s last win over the Sooners was the 40th of her brief career with the Wildcats, as her career record stands at 40-18.

Bonacic, the No. 83 player in the nation, has won 11 of her last 14 outings. With one win this weekend, the junior from Split, Croatia, will reach the 50-win plateau for her career as she owns a 49-31 career record and is 37-12 in dual match play.

If weather forces the matches 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 this weekend, K-State returns to the road to face No. 16 Texas A&M on Friday and No. 9 Texas on Sunday, April 1.

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