Feb. 6, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa – With a combination of the doubles points and three straight set victories in singles action, Kansas State women’s tennis upset No. 30 Iowa, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Hawkeye Tennis Complex. The victory by the Wildcats marks the highest ranked opponent K-State has defeated in at least nine years.
The victory brings K-State’s record to 4-0 this season, matching the start by the 2008 squad. The Wildcats have now opened a season 4-0 for just the sixth time in the program’s 36-year history and for the third time in the last nine seasons.
K-State ended a four-match losing streak to the Hawkeyes with the victory and tallied its second win in the seven-match history of the series. It was the first victory for the Wildcats over Iowa since Feb. 26, 1989 and the first win over a Big Ten Conference opponent since defeating Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament on May 10, 2003.
The Wildcats started the afternoon on the right foot by winning the doubles point for the third time this season. K-State saw its number three pair of junior Nina Sertic and sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman cruise past Jessica Cohen and Christina Harazin, 8-3. Sertic and Gomez Aleman are now 7-5 this season and 3-1 this spring.
After falling at number one doubles, 8-3, the Wildcats received a much needed win from its number two tandem of junior Petra Chuda and senior Antea Huljev. The duo defeated Alexis Dorr and Lynne Poggensee-Wei, 8-6, to secure the doubles point for K-State. Paired with their win on Saturday, Chuda and Huljev are now 4-4 this season and 2-1 this spring as a doubles pair.
In singles action, Gomez Aleman propelled K-State in the right direction with a 6-1, 6-1 romp over Harazin at number five singles. Gomez-Aleman, a product of Murcia, Spain, collected her 20th career victory and improved her 2010-11 record to 9-7.
Following behind Gomez Aleman was freshman Petra Niedermayerova with her second career victory over a ranked singles opponent. Niedermayerova, playing at number one singles, defeated No. 70 Sonja Molnar, 6-1, 6-3 and pushed her winning streak to four matches. The native of Brno, Czech Republic, is 9-5 this season and 4-0 in her debut spring season with the Wildcats.
After Iowa brought the match to 3-1 with a victory at number four singles, Chuda put the finishing touches on the K-State win at number six singles with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Ally Majercik. Chuda is now 3-1 this spring and 2-0 from the number six position in the lineup.
Kansas State put the icing on the cake with a pair of three-set victories from the number two and three singles. Sophomore Karla Bonacic outlasted Dorr, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, at number three singles. For Bonacic, it was her fourth straight win this spring and improves her record this season to 8-6. She is now 7-2 for her career in three-set matches.
At number two singles, Huljev came back to defeat Jessica Young, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6. Huljev has also won four straight singles matches to begin the spring and improves her career record to 52-62. For her career, Huljev is 19-14 in three-set matches and is 4-1 this season.
K-State will put a wrap on its season-high four-match road trip next week in Denton, Texas, as the Wildcats will face Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Feb.12 and No. 60 North Texas on Sunday, Feb. 13.
Kansas State (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) at (30) Iowa (2-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
February 6, 2011
Iowa City, Iowa — Hawkeye Tennis Complex
Kansas State 6, (30) Iowa 1
1. Sonja Molnar/Jessica Young (Iowa) def. Karla Bonacic/Petra Niedermayerova (KSU), 8-3
2. Petra Chuda/Antea Huljev Aleman (KSU) def. Alexis Dorr/Lynne Poggensee-Wei (Iowa), 8-6
3. Nina Sertic/Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) vs. Jessica Cohen/Christina Harazin (Iowa), 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. (70) Sonja Molnar (Iowa), 6-1, 6-3
2. Antea Huljev (KSU) def. Jessica Young (Iowa), 1-6, 6-4, 7-6
3. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Alexis Dorr (Iowa), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
4. Lynne Poggensee-Wei (Iowa) def. Nina Sertic (KSU), 6-1, 6-3
5. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. Christina Harazin (Iowa), 6-1, 6-1
6. Petra Chuda (KSU) vs. Ally Majercik (Iowa), 7-5, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 4, 6*, 3, 2
*- match decided