Niedermayerova sets record in Cats’ Big 12 first-round win

By The Mercury

NORMAN, Okla. — The No. 7-seed Kansas State tennis team extended its current winning streak to three matches and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships with a 4-0 win over 10-seed West Virginia Thursday at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

K-State improved its overall record to 10-10 this season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships for the ninth time in the program’s history.

Junior Petra Niedermayerova claimed a piece of K-State history early in the match, as she and her playing partner Karla Bonacic captured their No. 1 doubles match, 8-1, over Ikttesh Chahal and Hailey Barrett.

With the victory, Niedermayerova secured the school record for doubles wins in a single season with her record of 26-11 in the 2012-13 season. The previous record of 25 wins was held by Marijke Nel and Thresa Burcham from the 1988-89 season.

For her career, Niedermayerova is 59-40 and ranks ninth in school history for career doubles victories.

The No. 26 ITA ranked tandem of Bonacic and Niedermayerova secured their ninth win in the last 10 matches. For the season, the Big 12 No. 1 champion duo is 21-10 together. Over the last three seasons, Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 33-25 when paired together.

With the doubles win, Bonacic brought her career mark to 60-58 and is tied with Katerina Kudlackova (2006-09; 60-80) for seventh in school history for career doubles wins.

In singles action, after the Mountaineers defaulted at the No. 6 position in the lineup, Gomez Aleman tallied her fourth straight win with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Irinka Toidze at No. 5 singles.

The win for Gomez Aleman was her eighth win in the last 10 matches. For the season, the product of Murcia, Spain, is 14-17 and is 47-68 in her career.

Bonacic ended the match against the Mountaineers with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Chahal at No. 2 singles. The win was Bonacic’s ninth in her last 10 outings and boosts her record this season to 19-8.

The senior from Split, Croatia, ranks fifth in school history for career-singles wins with a mark of 74-41 (.643). In her career in dual match play, Bonacic owns a 58-19 record, including a 36-12 mark from the No. 2 position in the lineup. Dating back to the final three matches of 2010, Bonacic has won 50 of her last 62 dual matches.

K-State was to play No. 2-seed and 17th-ranked Texas Tech today in the quarterfinals, beginning at 3.

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