K-State Prepped for Big 12s
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women's tennis will enter postseason action as the number eight seed for the 2010 Big 12 Women's Tennis Championships on Thursday at 10 a.m., in Austin, Texas. This is the highest seed for the Wildcats since the 2006 season.
K-State (7-12, 4-7 Big 12) will face the ninth-seeded Colorado Buffaloes (10-12, 3-8 Big 12). This will be the second straight season that these teams will meet in the first round of the Big 12 Championships, as the Buffaloes captured last season's meeting, 4-0, in Norman, Okla. Earlier this season, Colorado defeated the Wildcats, 4-3, in Boulder, Colo.
The Wildcats closed out the 2010 regular season with a 5-2 victory over No. 70 Texas Tech on April 25. The match featured five 3-set matches, with the Wildcats' claiming four victories in those matches.
The win helped K-State to its best Big 12 record since the 2006 season and the most overall victories since the 2008 campaign. It was the first win in a regular season finale since the 2006 season (at Nebraska, 4-3) and the first home win in a regular season finale since the 2008 season (Iowa State, 7-0).
CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: Entering the 14th Big 12 Women's Tennis Championships, K-State will look for its 10th win in the tournament's history. The Wildcats enter action this weekend with a 9-13 (.409) record in the conference tournament. K-State has won its first round match in three of the last five seasons and in eight of the 13 previous championships.
The deepest K-State has advanced in the Big 12 Women's Tennis Championships came during the 2000 season, as the Wildcats reached the semifinals with a pair of wins.
The winner of the Kansas State/Colorado match on Thursday will face Big 12 regular season champion
BONACIC BOOST: During the last 10 matches, Kansas State has been able to rely on the play of freshman Karla Bonacic. The product of Split Croatia is 7-3 and received a promotion from the number four position to number three because of her efforts. Bonacic responded with a pair of wins in the final weekend of the regular season, including her first career victory over a ranked opponent (No. 61 Taylor Ormond of Baylor).
For the season, Bonacic is third on the team in singles' wins with 11 and has tallied a 6-5 mark in Big 12 matches.
LONGER THE BETTER: Kansas State has had a knack this season for extending matches to a third-set and have notched a 27-26 (.509) overall record in three-set matches. In Big 12 action, the Wildcats are 10-8 (.555) in three-set matches.
In the last four matches, K-State has seen eight individual matches go to a third-set, including five against Texas Tech on April 25. The Wildcats are 4-4 (.500) in these matches.Playing the most extended matches this season are junior Antea Huljev (11; 6-5) and freshman Ana Gomez Aleman (10; 5-5).