Wildcats defeat rival KU

By The Mercury

WAMEGO — The 71st-ranked Kansas State tennis team was able to send senior Petra Chuda out on a high-note, as the Wildcats dispatched of rival Kansas 6-1 at the Wamego Recreation Complex on Saturday.

This is the first three-match winning streak for the Wildcats this season.

The Wildcats improved to 8-13 overall this season and finish its Big 12 schedule with a 4-5 mark. The Jayhawks fell to 9-12 and 0-9 in league action.

K-State has now won four straight in the series and eight of the last 11 meetings.

“Today we played pretty disciplined tennis,” K-State head coach Steve Bietau said. “We got a good performance in doubles this afternoon. We didn’t start off real well at number three doubles, but they were able to piece together a bit of a comeback.

“At number two doubles, they have started matches well but have faded toward the end. Today, they started well and they have learned to stick to their guns and close out matches.”

The Wildcats captured the opening point of the afternoon by winning the doubles point with a clean sweep. K-State clinched the point with wins from number three and one doubles and capped the sweep with a win at number two.

K-State’s number three duo of Chuda and junior Carmen Borau Ramos trailed 3-0 to open their match on Saturday. The pair rebounded for an 8-5 win over Victoria Khanevskaya and Claire Dreyer to end a six-match skid for the K-State pairing.

Bietau has been pleased by the contributions Chuda, who owns 46 career doubles wins, has made in her final season in Manhattan.

“We had a player a couple of years ago by the name of Natasha Vieira who wasn’t the best player, but was one of our more mature and stable players especially with the amount of young players around her that year,” he said. “Petra has been just like Natasha this year. Petra has had to compete for a spot all of her career, including this spring. We threw her and Carmen together this spring and like the combination. They have been a reliable team for us all season.”

The number one K-State pairing and No. 78 ranked tandem in the nation of junior Karla Bonacic and sophomore Petra Niedermayerova scratched out an 8-5 win over Dylan Windom and Monica Pezzotti. The duo of Bonacic and Niedermayerova is now 5-7 this season and 4-5 in Big 12 action.

Capping off the doubles sweep was the number two tandem of freshmen Marketa Trousilova and Carli Wischhoff. K-State’s number two grouping also defeated their Kansas counterparts, 8-5. Trousilova and Wischhoff captured their sixth victory in their last seven matches and own a 6-6 mark together this season, including a 5-4 record in the Big 12.

K-State quickly increased its lead to 3-0, as Niedermayerova and freshman Amina St. Hill tallied quick straight-set victories. Niedermayerova carded her fifth straight win with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Pezzotti at number one singles to push K-State into a 2-0 lead.

Niedermayerova, ranked No. 27 in this week’s Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, improved to 22-11 this spring with Saturday’s win and is now tied for 10th in school history for singles wins in a season. For her career, the sophomore from Brno, Czech Republic owns a 47-21 overall record, including a 6-3 ledger in the Big 12 this season.

St. Hill ended a personal five-match losing streak with a 6-2, 6-0 win at number six singles over Khanevskaya. The product of Gothenburg, Sweden is now 7-12 in her first season in Manhattan and 3-6 in Big 12 play.

For the third straight match, the responsibility of closing out a K-State win fell to Borau Ramos. The product of Jaca, Spain was up to the challenge yet again by clinching the victory for K-State with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Dreyer at number five singles. Last weekend on the road, Borau Ramos tallied both clinching points in two 4-3 wins.

With Saturday’s win, Borau Ramos set a new career-high for wins in a season with her 11th (11-14). This spring, she owns an 8-8 mark and a 6-2 record in Big 12 play.

After the match win was secured for the Wildcats, K-State closed out the afternoon with wins at number four singles by Wischhoff and a three-set win at number two singles by Bonacic. Wischhoff held off Windom with a 6-4, 6-3 win. The Heelsum, Netherlands native has now won consecutive matches for just the second time in her career and the first time since March 9-11. Wischhoff improved her record with the Wildcats to 6-8 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12.

Bonacic, ranked No. 101 in this week’s singles rankings, held off Paulina Los for her fifth straight win with a 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) decision. The win for Bonacic set a new personal career-high for wins in a season with her 22nd overall victory of the season. The win ties Bonacic for 10th in school history for wins in a single season.

With the win on Saturday, Bonacic boosted her record this spring to 16-5 and 7-2 in Big 12 play. The junior from Split, Croatia, is 21-7 in her career from the number two position in the lineup and owns a career mark of 55-33. Dating back to the final three matches of the 2010 spring season, Bonacic has won 35 of her last 42 matches in dual match action.

K-State will now travel to College Station, Texas for the 2012 Big 12 Championships that begin Thursday.

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