March 11, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Trailing 3-2 with two singles matches remaining, Kansas State received a pair of singles wins from its bottom two players in its lineup to upset No. 40 Oklahoma, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Body First Tennis and Fitness Center. The win was K-State’s first over a ranked opponent and ended a 10-match skid to ranked foes dating back to March 26, 2011.
Kansas State (5-7, 1-1 Big 12) fell in doubles action, dropping the deciding match at number one, 8-6. K-State’s number three duo of senior Petra Chuda and junior Carmen Borau Ramos recorded an 8-4 win over their Oklahoma counterparts to give the Wildcats an early 1-0 edge in doubles. The Sooners bounced back with an 8-1 win at number two doubles followed by the clincher at number one.
Petra Niedermayerova, ranked No. 24 in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, evened the match at one for K-State, as she tallied her 40th career win (40-18) with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Whitney Ritchie at number one singles. The sophomore from Brno, Czech Republic and reigning Big 12 Player of the Year is 10-3 in her career in Big 12 matches and owns a 35-9 career mark in straight set matches. This spring, Niedermayerova is 10-2 with all 10 victories coming in straight sets.
Karla Bonacic followed right behind Niedermayerova to push K-State in front, 2-1, with a straight set win over Marie-Pier Huet at number two singles, 6-0, 6-3. The junior from Split, Croatia, captured the 49th win of her career (49-30) and improved her winning streak to five. Bonacic, ranked No. 89 in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, is 10-2 this spring and owns a 15-4 career record at number two in the lineup.
"I can't imagine anyone watching those two matches and not coming away impressed with the way they played today," said head coach Steve Bietau about his two ranked singles players. "For both to play the way they did is something special. Good play is infectious. They played well in doubles and took it up a couple of notches in singles play."
After Oklahoma (7-7, 2-1) pushed back in front, 3-2, Borau Ramos recorded a straight set win to even the match at three. The product of Jaca, Spain, tallied a 6-3, 7-5 win over Nicole Long at number six singles. This was Borau Ramos’ first singles match in a month but has won consecutive straight set matches for the first time since Oct. 23-24, 2010.
The decisive match point fell on the shoulders of freshman Carli Wischhoff. The rookie from Heelsum, Netherlands, came from behind to capture a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Whitney Wofford at number five singles. Wischhoff completed her first weekend in Big 12 action with an unblemished record and secured her first career 3-set win with the Wildcats.
Kansas State will continue its five-match home stand on Sunday, March 18 as the Wildcats host Memphis. The match is slated to be played outdoors at Wamego Recreation Complex with first serve at 12 p.m..
(40) Oklahoma (7-7, 2-1 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (5-7, 1-1 Big 12)
March 11, 2012
Manhattan, Kan. — Body First Tennis and Fitness Center
Kansas State 4, (40) Oklahoma 3
1. (34) Marie-Pier Huet/Whitney Ritchie (OU) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic (KSU), 8-6
2. Mia Lancaster/Abbi Melrose (OU) def. Marketa Trousilova/ Carli Wischhoff (KSU), 8-1
3. Petra Chuda/Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Peta Maree Lancaster/Nicole Long (OU), 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. (24) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Whitney Ritchie (OU), 6-0, 6-1
2. (89) Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Marie-Pier Huet (OU), 6-0, 6-3
3. Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Marketa Trousilova (KSU), 6-1, 6-2
4. Abbi Melrose (OU) def. Amina St. Hill (KSU), 6-2, 6-0
5. Carli Wischhoff (KSU) def. Whitney Wofford (OU),, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) vs. Nicole Long (OU), 6-3, 7-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5*
*- match decided