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KSU tennis to host first home match of season

By The Mercury

The Kansas State tennis team is returning home to Manhattan for a weekend match against UALR.

The Wildcats will lock horns with the Trojans at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center.

K-State was 6-2 last season at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center, including its first win in the program’s history over Texas A&M. The match is free and open to the public.

In K-State’s matches last weekend in Tulsa, head coach Steve Bietau secured the 250th win of his career, as the Wildcats ended a three-match skid to bring their record to 3-5 this spring.

Bietau is in his 28th season with the Wildcats and is the career wins leader in the program’s history with a career record of 250-329.

The Wildcats rebounded from a 6-1 defeat to No. Tulsa on Friday to defeat UT-Arlington on Saturday, 5-2. K-State swept through doubles play to capture the opening point against the Mavericks and now owns a 17-1 record in the last three years when winning the doubles point.

In singles action, K-State received wins from sophomore Petra Niedermayerova (No. 1), juniors Karla Bonacic (No. 2) and Carmen Borau Ramos (No. 6) and freshman Amina St. Hill (No. 5). The wins by Borau Ramos and St. Hill each ended three-match skids at the No. 5 and 6 positions in the K-State singles lineup.

Pacing the Wildcats in the early stages of this season are Niedermayerova and Bonacic.

Niedermayerova, the No. 17 player in the nation in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, registered a pair of straight-set wins to run her winning streak to a career-best tying seven matches. The Brno, Czech Republic native is 13-3 in straight set matches this season. For the season, Niedermayerova is 13-7 overall and owns a career record of 37-17.

Bonacic, the No. 94 player in the nation, captured split her singles matches in Tulsa over the weekend at the number two position in the lineup. The product of Split, Croatia, rebounded from a straight-set defeat to No. 63 Samantha Vickers of Tulsa on Friday to defeat Natalia Mayuk of UT-Arlington in straight sets. This season, Bonacic has won seven of her last nine outings and owns a record of 12-6, including a 11-4 mark in straight-set matches. For her career, Bonacic is 45-30 and is 33-11 in dual match play.

Following K-State’s first home match of the season, the Wildcats return to the road for a trip north to former Big 12 member, Nebraska. K-State will match up with the No. 29 Huskers on Feb. 29 for a 4 p.m. first serve.

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