ATHENS, Ga. — Following its first loss in a season-opener in eight years, the 46-ranked Kansas State tennis team rebounded well on Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational by defeating Troy, 6-1, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Wildcats are now 1-1 this season, while the Trojans fall to 0-1.
“Troy has a good team and this win was a good way to cap off the weekend,” KSU head coach Steve Bietau said. “We had to work hard to get this result. Our team got to compete with one the very best in college tennis and also gain an appreciation of just how many good teams are out there.”
K-State started the day off on the right foot by sweeping through doubles action. In 2011, K-State was 13-0 when it won the doubles point.
The No. 28-ranked tandem of sophomore Petra Niedermayerova and freshman Marketa Trousilova blanked the Trojans’ duo of Karoline Grymel and Candela Munoz Giron, 8-0, at number one doubles. Niedermayerova and Trousilova are now 4-2 this season.
In singles action, junior Ana Gomez Aleman halted a personal seven-match losing streak with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Munoz Giron. Gomez Aleman, who is coming off a 2011 spring season in which she tallied a career-high 20-13 record, won for the first time since April 28, 2011. The product of Murcia, Spain is now 32-42 in her career and 20-33 in straight set matches.
Following right behind Gomez Aleman, was Niedermayerova with her first win of the spring. The No. 17 ranked Niedermayerova quickly dispatched of Grymel at number one singles, 6-2, 6-1. Niedermayerova, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, is now 31-17 in her career and 7-7 this season. In straight set matches, the native of Brno, Czech Republic, is 26-9 and 6-3 this season.
Closing out the win for the Wildcats was No. 94-ranked Karla Bonacic at number two singles. Bonacic won her second match of the weekend with a 7-5, 6-4 decision over Olfa Dhaoui. Bonacic is now 8-4 this season and 41-28 in her career.
Also carding wins on Saturday were junior Carmen Borau Ramos and freshman Amina St. Hill. Borau Ramos swept past Samya El Hsissen, 6-2, 6-1, at number six singles to improve her record this season to 4-7 and 23-40 for her career. St. Hill, who joined the Wildcats before the start of the spring season, picked up her first win as a Wildcat with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Rosaura Ramirez-Vega at number five singles.
K-State will now have a week and a half to prepare for the ITA Kickoff Weekend, Jan. 28-29. The Wildcats will travel to Clemson, S.C., to face No. 62 Wake Forest at 9 a.m., followed by a match against either No. 14 Clemson or No. 61 Purdue on Jan. 29.