FRESNO, Calif. — The 42nd-ranked Kansas State tennis team pieced together a furious comeback in singles to pick up a 5-2 win over No. 61 Fresno State on Monday night at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
K-State registered a perfect California road trip with a 2-0 record and tallied its first back-to-back wins since Jan. 26-27 in Boston, Mass.
With K-State (6-6) holding a 2-0 lead, Fresno State (8-5) tied the match at two with consecutive wins at Nos. 4 and 3 singles.
Senior Carmen Borau Ramos jump started K-State’s rally, as she propelled K-State back into the lead, 3-2, with a hard-fought three-set win over Bianca Modoc, 3-6, 7-6, 6-0, at No. 5 singles. Borau Ramos carded her 11th career win at the No. 5 position in the lineup and her third this season.
Senior Ana Gomez Aleman sealed the win for the Wildcats with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Anneka Watts at No. 6 singles. After winning by default on Sunday afternoon, Gomez Aleman tallied her first true match win since Jan. 27 which ended a personal seven-match skid.
At No. 2 singles, senior Karla Bonacic put the icing on the victory and registered the third comeback singles win for the Wildcats with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Aishwarya Agrawal. Bonacic owns a career record of 51-18 in dual match action, including a 29-11 mark from the No. 2 position in the lineup.
At the top position in the K-State singles lineup, No. 15 ranked Petra Niedermayerova won her 11th match this spring (11-1) with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Rana Sherif Ahmed to give K-State a 2-0 lead. With the win, Niedermayerova surpassed her season career-high for wins with her 25th win this season (25-6). She is 19-4 this season in straight-set matches and 59-16 in her career in straight sets.
Niedermayerova, a junior from Brno, Czech Republic, moved into fourth on the K-State single-season wins list with the win and needs two wins to move into third. For her career, Niedermayerova owns a 73-29 (.716) record and needs four 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 six wins to move into a tie for first with Maria Rosenberg (2000-05; 79-54).
K-State captured the doubles point on Monday night to open the match for the second straight day. The Wildcats are 4-0 this season when winning the doubles point.
Pacing K-State’s doubles win was the No. 32-ranked tandem of Niedermayerova and Bonacic. The duo registered an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles over Modoc and Agrawal. Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 14-9 this season and have won three of their last four doubles matches.
The Wildcats secured the doubles point, as Gomez Aleman and Borau Ramos downed Olga Kirpicheva and Watts at No. 3 doubles, 8-5. Gomez Aleman and Borau Ramos have won consecutive doubles matches for the first time this season and improved their record together this season to 2-3.
K-State returns to action March 30 to face rival Kansas in Lawrence with doubles beginning at 1 p.m.