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K-State to face Aggies in Big 12 tennis quarters

By The Mercury

The 67th-ranked Kansas State tennis team will enter the 2012 Big 12 Tennis Championships as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3-seed and No. 19-ranked Texas A&M on Friday at 3 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.

This is the highest seed for the Wildcats in the Big 12 Championships since the 2002 and 2003 seasons when K-State was a No. 6 seed.

K-State enters the Big 12 Championships on a high note, as the Wildcats own a season-high three-match winning streak.

K-State capped its regular season schedule with a 6-1 win over rival Kansas last Saturday at the Wamego Recreation Complex. The Wildcats have now won four straight over the Jayhawks and eight of the last 11 meetings.

With the win over the Jayhawks, K-State head coach Steve Bietau notched the 100th Big 12 win of his career.

For the first time in Big 12 action this season, K-State opened a match by sweeping its way to the doubles point. The Wildcats are 6-3 this season when securing the doubles point. K-State has been led recently in doubles play by the freshmen duo of Marketa Trousilova and Carli Wischhoff. Trousilova and Wischhoff have won four consecutive matches and six of their last seven outings.

In singles action, the Wildcats won five of the six matches, including four wins in straight sets.

Leading the way for the Wildcats were Petra Niedermayerova (No. 1 singles), Amina St. Hill (No. 6 singles) and Carmen Borau Ramos (No. 5 singles). For the third straight match Borau Ramos clinched the match point for the Wildcats.

Niedermayerova, ranked No. 27 in this week’s national singles rankings, has won 16 of her last 20,  including a current five-match streak and the sophomore from Brno, Czech Republic is 22-11 (.667) overall this season and is 46-21 (.687) in her career. Her career winning percentage of .687 ranks fourth in school history.

Karla Bonacic improved her winning streak to five with a three-set win over Paulina Los at number two singles. Bonacic, the No. 100 player in the nation, has won 17 of her last 22 outings and owns a 55-33 (.625) career mark. With eight more career singles wins, Bonacic will move into a tie for sixth on the K-State career singles wins list.

In her career, Bonacic is 42-13 in dual match play, which includes her record of 16-5 this season.

With their wins last Saturday, both Niedermayerova and Bonacic tied for 10th in school history for singles wins in a season, as the duo both own a team-leading 22 singles wins this season. Bonacic’s record of 22-9 is a new career-high for a season, while Niedermayerova needs two wins to tie her career-best from last season of 24 wins.

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