Wildcats sweep past Iowa State

By The Mercury

WAMEGO — The 52nd-ranked Kansas State tennis team put an end to its four-match skid with a 7-0 victory over Iowa State on Friday afternoon at a chilly and wind-swept Wamego Recreation Complex.

The Wildcats have now won four straight over Iowa State and 19 of the last 21 meetings.

K-State improved to 8-10 this season and 2-6 in Big 12 action, while the Cyclones fell to 8-13 and 1-7.

“It was cold and very windy and like a lot of matches with high wind it was not pretty,” K-State head coach Steve Bietau said about the conditions of the match. “It comes down to footwork and patience and I thought we did a pretty good job of that today.”

K-State secured the early 1-0 advantage by winning at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. K-State is 5-1 this season when winning the doubles point.

K-State’s No. 1 doubles team of No. 24 ITA ranked Karla Bonacic and Petra Niedermayerova secured their seventh win in the last eight matches by easing past Jenna Langhorst and Ksenia Pronina, 8-1.

The duo is 19-10 this season and 6-2 in Big 12 action. Over the last three seasons, Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 31-25 when paired together.

“Karla and Petra have worked awfully hard on their doubles,” Bietau said of his top doubles tandem. “They have developed themselves into a better doubles team and they have got the results to show for it. They are playing really well right now.”

With the doubles win, Bonacic brought her career mark to 58-58 and moved her solely into eighth in school history for career doubles wins. Niedermayerova is 57-40 in her doubles career and is tied for ninth in school history with Kathy Chuda (1999-02; 57-50).

Capturing the doubles point for K-State was the senior Spanish duo of Carmen Borau Ramos and Ana Gomez Aleman. The Wildcats’ tandem downed Emma Waites and Caroline Andersen, 8-3. Friday’s win ended a five-match skid for the duo and marked their first win in Big 12 action this season.

In singles action, freshman Ivana Kubickova put K-State into a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Meghan Cassens at No. 3 singles. The win for Kubickova put an end to a personal two-match skid and improves her record to 21-15 this season.

Bonacic brought K-State into a 3-0 lead over the Cyclones with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Pronina at No. 2 singles. The win was Bonacic’s seventh in her last eight outings and boosts her record this season to 17-8, including a 6-2 mark in Big 12 action.

Sophomore Amina St. Hill secured the victory for the Wildcats at No. 4 singles, closing out Langhorst in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. The win by St. Hill halted a personal five-match skid and was her second in league action this season. The victory brought St. Hill’s record this season to 12-15 including an 11-11 mark in straight-set matches.

Right behind St. Hill, the No. 16 ITA ranked Niedermayerova downed Simona Cacciuttolo at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-3. With the win, Niedermayerova recorded her 28th win this season (28-9) and moved her into a tie for second in school history for singles victories in a season. She is 22-6 this season in straight-set matches and 62-18 in her career in straight sets.

Niedermayerova, a junior from Brno, Czech Republic, ranks fourth on the K-State single-season wins list with a record of 76-32 (.704) and needs one win to move into a three-way tie for second with Petra Sedlmajerova (1999-03; 77-47) and Jessica Simosa (2001-06; 77-61). She needs three wins to move into a tie for first with Maria Rosenberg (2000-05; 79-54).

Just behind Niedermayerova, Borau Ramos put the brakes on a personal five-match skid with a hard-fought 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-5) win at No. 6 singles over Waites.

With her win on Friday, Borau Ramos captured her 40th career singles victory (40-67). For the season, the product of Jaca, Spain, is 10-19 and tallied her first win from the No. 6 position in the lineup which was the 13th of her career.

Gomez Aleman closed out the Wildcats’ win with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ana Gasparovic at No. 5 singles. Gomez Aleman registered her sixth win in the last eight matches. For the season, the product of Murcia, Spain, is 12-17 including a 4-4 mark in Big 12 matches. In her career, Gomez Aleman is 45-68 including a 14-20 record in Big 12 action.

“I thought we were strong all the way through the lineup,” Bietau said. “With the conditions the way they were, you are not going to be able to play the way you want to play and you have to accept the conditions for what they are and go out and do your job.

“It takes some maturity and some self-discipline to do that and I thought they were great today.”

K-State will conclude its four-match home stand on today against West Virginia at 11 a.m. Today’s match against the Mountaineers will mark senior day for the Wildcats, as K-State recognizes the achievements of its senior class trio of Carmen Borau Ramos, Karla Bonacic and Ana Gomez Aleman.

The match is scheduled to be played outdoors at the Wamego Recreation Complex and is free and open to the public.

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