KSU tennis upsets Tulsa

By The Mercury

The 60th-ranked Kansas State tennis team ended a six-match skid to No. 23 Tulsa on Saturday at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center with a 4-3 decision.

This the first 3-0 start for the Wildcats since the 2011 season and the highest ranked opponent K-State has defeated since beating No. 10 Baylor that same season.

The Wildcats opened action by winning the doubles point for the second time this season. K-State tallied its first doubles win of the afternoon with an 8-2 victory from the top pairing and No. 34 nationally-ranked Karla Bonacic and Petra Niedermayerova over No. 9 ranked Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique.

Niedermayerova and Bonacic are now 23-21 in their career when paired together. The win on Saturday was the second straight for the duo and the fourth in the last five matches.

K-State sealed the doubles point with an 8-4 win from the No. 2 pairing of freshman Ivana Kubickova and senior Carmen Borau Ramos over Michelle Farley and Saana Saarteinen.

Kubickova and Borau Ramos are 3-2 this season and have won three straight matches together.

In singles action, 15th-ranked Niedermayerova fought to a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, decision over No. 124 Vickers. With her win on Saturday, Niedermayerova stands alone in fifth on the career singles wins list with a career mark of 65-28. She needs two wins to tie for fourth and 14 wins to move into a tie for first.

The junior from Brno, Czech Republic owns a team-leading record of 17-5 this season and is 4-1 in three-set matches. Niedermayerova has played three straight three-set matches, winning all three.

Bonacic also needed three sets to pick up her second win this spring. The senior from Split, Croatia, defeated Enrique, 7-6 (9), 5-7, 6-2 to give the Wildcats a 3-1 lead. Bonacic is 61-37 in her career and needs just two wins to tie for seventh on the K-State career singles wins list. Bonacic is 18-7 in her career in three-set matches, including a 2-2 mark this season.

After Tulsa closed the gap to 3-2, Borau Ramos sealed the win for the Wildcats with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over Saarteinen at No. 5 singles. Borau Ramos is 7-8 this season and improves to 37-56 in her career. The senior from Jaca, Spain, is 9-6 in her career from the No. 5 position in the K-State lineup.

K-State will now take to the road for the next 12 matches. The Wildcats will travel to Memphis, Tenn., next weekend to face No. 70 Memphis on Friday at 6 p.m., and No. 70 Columbia on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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