KSU tennis to face Memphis at home

By The Mercury

Following its first win over a ranked opponent this season, the Kansas State tennis team returned to the Campbell/ITA national rankings at No. 67 and will continue its five-match homestand on Sunday, as the Wildcats host No. 55 Memphis at noon.

Sunday’s match will feature five players ranked among this week’s national singles rankings.

The match is scheduled to be played outdoors at the Wamego Recreation Complex.

K-State split its opening weekend in Big 12 action on March 9 and March 11. The Wildcats dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 56 Oklahoma State on March 9, but recovered for a come from behind 4-3 win over No. 40 Oklahoma.

The win ended K-State’s 10-match skid to ranked opponents and was the first win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 25 Texas A&M on March 26, 2011. The Wildcats also picked up its first win after losing the doubles point for the first time since April 17, 2011 at Oklahoma State.

The Wildcats got strong performances from Carli Wischhoff and Carmen Borau Ramos during the two matches.

Wischhoff captured a pair of singles wins, which included match-clinching three-set win against Oklahoma. The freshman from Heelsum, Netherlands is now 4-3 this season and has won three of her last four matches.

Borau Ramos tallied two doubles wins and started K-State’s come back against the Sooners with a straight-set singles win at number six.

The junior from Jaca, Spain, was included in the singles lineup for the first time since Feb. 11 and responded with her second straight-set win in as many tries. This was the first time since Oct. 23-24, 2010 that Borau Ramos has won consecutive straight set matches.

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 Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, has won 10 of her last 11 matches as she captured a 6-0, 6-1 win against the Sooners from the number one position in the lineup.

The Brno, Czech Republic native is 16-3 in straight-set matches this season and is 16-8 overall. Niedermayerova’s win over the Sooners was the 40th of her brief career with the Wildcats, as her career record stands at 40-17.

Bonacic, the No. 83 player in the nation, has won 11 of her last 13 outings, as she captured a pair of wins over the weekend. Bonacic improved her career record in three-set matches to 14-4 with an extended match win against Oklahoma State.

Bonacic made her Sunday match much easier with a 6-0, 6-3 win over her Oklahoma counterpart. The junior from Split, Croatia, owns a career record of 15-4 from the number two position in the lineup. For her career, Bonacic is 49-30 and is 37-11 in dual match play.

Following K-State’s match against the Tigers, the Wildcats will conclude their five-match homestand against Texas Tech and Baylor.

K-State will face Texas Tech on March 23 at 1 p.m. and Baylor on March 25 at noon.

Both matches are scheduled to be played at Wamego Recreation Complex.

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