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Emily DeShazer | The Collegian
Junior tennis player, Petra Niedermayerova fell to Longhorn Breaunna Addison on Saturday after defeating Texas Tech's Samantha Adams on Friday. Niedermayerova became the third most winningest Wildcat in singles play in a season in school history.  The Wildcats will play matches against Iowa State and West Virginia this weekend to finish the regular season.

Women’s tennis team continues to struggle in Big 12 play

The No. 50 K-State women’s tennis team had two opportunities over the weekend to grab an upset win over two of the top teams in the Big 12 Conference at the Wamego Recreation Complex. The Wildcats were unsuccessful, however, and their loss dropped them to 7-10 this season with a 1-6 mark in the Big 12.

On Friday, the Wildcats took on No. 15 Texas Tech, currently No. 1 in the Big 12. The pair of junior Petra Niedermayerova and senior Karla Bonacic were the only players to get the better of their opponents on the day. The two won their doubles match and then each grabbed a win in singles play for K-State. Texas Tech proved to be too deep, however, as they won every match that did not include Niedermayerova or Bonacic.

The struggles continued into Saturday’s match with the No. 29 Texas Longhorns. The Wildcats were unable to get anything going as only K-State senior Ana Gomez Aleman was able to earn a point on Saturday.

The Wildcats will host Iowa State and West Virginia this weekend to conclude their homestand.

Sunday’s match against West Virginia is senior day and will honor Carmen Borau Ramos, Bonacic and Gomez Aleman.

Women’s tennis team falls to Baylor and TCU over weekend

The K-State women’s tennis team wrapped up the longest-lasting road trip in program history over the weekend. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they were unsuccessful in ending the trip on a high note and instead fell to both Baylor and TCU.

Heading into Friday’s matchup with TCU, the Wildcats were riding a three-match winning streak. That streak came to an end as the Horned Frogs defeated K-State 5-2. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead by capturing the doubles point, but only senior Karla Bonacic was able to grab a victory on the singles side.

The Wildcats looked to bounce back from Friday’s loss on Sunday against the Baylor Bears. However, the the team came up just short against Baylor, falling 4-3. The pair of losses dropped K-State to 7-8 on the season and 1-4 in Big 12 play.

The Wildcats will return home for their next four matches to finish off the Big 12 regular season. On Friday, K-State will host No. 15 Texas Tech before wrapping up the weekend on Sunday against No. 24 Texas.

Tennis team faces Wichita State, Purdue, moves to 4-3 on season

No. 45 K-State was able to end their two-match skid over the weekend as they returned to Kansas to take on No. 65 Wichita State and No. 20 Purdue.

The Wildcats defeated the Shockers 4-2 on Saturday. Wichita State started the match with an early lead, as they grabbed the doubles point before K-State won two singles matches to tilt the score 2-1 in K-State’s favor. Wichita State would earn one more point by winning the No. 5 singles match, making it 2-2 before K-State won the next two singles matches, taking the overall victory.

However, Sunday’s match up did not go as well, as the Wildcats lost to No. 20 Purdue by a score of 4-2. Junior Petra Niedermayerova and freshman Ivana Kubickova were both able to grab victories against the Boilermakers.

Niedermayerova continued her climb to the top of the all-time K-State singles record as she added two more victories over the weekend. She has now won seven consecutive singles matches, as well as reached a season record of 21-5, giving her over 20 wins in all three seasons as a Wildcat.

She now carries an overall record of 69-28, which puts Niedermayerova in a tie for fourth on the all-time list. With four more singles victories this season she could also set a new season win record.

The Wildcats will take to the courts again on Saturday as they travel to Lincoln to take on former Big 12 Conference foe, Nebraska.

K-State tennis falls short in Memphis; Niedermayerova continues to climb all-time rankings

The No. 42 K-State tennis team had a disappointing weekend in Memphis, where the Wildcats lost both matches against No. 51 Memphis and No. 70 Columbia.

On Friday, the Wildcats found themselves in a 3-0 hole against Memphis before rallying to make it a 3-2 match. After dropping the doubles point, K-State captured the first two singles points when junior Petra Niedermayerova and senior Karla Bonacic both won their matches in three sets. However, the rally ended when senior Carmen Borau Ramos lost against Memphis junior Stefanie Mikesz.

It was the same story for the Wildcats on Saturday against Columbia. After losing the doubles point, only Niedermayerova and Bonacic were able to capture points in the singles bracket.

With her pair of wins, Niedermayerova is now tied for fourth all time in K-State singles history with a record of 67-28. The magic number for Niedermayerova is 13. With 13 more singles wins, she will hold the all-time school record. Bonacic is not far behind with a record of 63-37.

After a strong 3-0 start to the season, K-State has now fallen to 3-2. The Wildcats will have another tough weekend ahead as they travel to Wichita to take on Wichita State on Saturday and No. 24 Purdue on Sunday. K-State has split the last two meetings with the Shockers, both by a score of 4-3, but defeated Wichita State last season.

Emily DeShazer | Collegian
Junior tennis player Petra Niedermayerova squares up for a backhand on Saturday at Body First Fitness Center. Niedermayerova, who is ranked No. 17 among Division I singles players, is racking up a record number of wins but says her daily performance is more important.

Junior Petra Niedermayerova making K-State tennis history

Tennis can be a tricky sport. Players sometimes play both singles and doubles, which contributes to their overall record. Sometimes a player can win both their singles and doubles matches, but the team can still lose overall.

For K-State junior Petra Niedermayerova, singles victories and records do not mean much to her, even though she has been hearing a lot of buzz about herself recently. After her most recent win on Saturday, Niedermayerova is now fifth in all-time in singles wins at K-State.

“I don’t really pay too much attention to it. When I read something about records and stuff, obviously it’s good to hear it and it makes you feel good for awhile, but it isn’t too important. It just matters much more how I play today, not if I broke a record,” Niedermayerova said.

The junior from Brno, Czech Republic, is currently ranked No. 17 in the country in Division 1 women’s singles and plays in the No. 1 singles spot at K-State, giving her the opportunity to always play the opposing team’s top player.

“It’s always challenging to play someone who is ranked even anywhere on the rankings, because the girls are just so good,” Niedermayerova said. “I love the challenge, I enjoy to compete and obviously if I win, it’s a great feeling.”

K-State coach Steve Bietau is in his 29th season as head tennis coach. He said he has seen Niedermayerova improve in all aspects of the game since she has been at K-State.

“She’s gotten in better shape, stronger, faster. She was pretty tough mentally when she started. Her game has changed pretty dramatically,” Bietau said. “She takes the ball a lot earlier now, she serves more offensively, her forehand is bigger and more of a threat. She’s always had a great backhand. She’s developed into a great doubles player. But mentally her game was pretty good when she got here.”

No matter the age, the best athletes on a team are often some of the best leaders on the team, and Bietau has seen this from Nierdermayerova since she started playing at K-State.

“She is one of the best players in college tennis and she is on the court with [her teammates] every day in practice. Over the course of those three years she learned to be a better doubles player, but whoever we put with her in doubles normally played better too,” Bietau said. “I think that’s a really good example of the effect that she can have on the rest of the team.”

Niedermayerova holds a season record of 17-5 and a career record of 65-28, which leaves her two wins shy of a tie for fourth on K-State’s all-time list. She needs 14 wins to tie for first and 15 wins to hold the all-time school record.

As well as being the all-time record holder, she can also become the first player in school history to win 20-plus matches in all four seasons, but for her, it is all about the team right now.

“Right now the team season is starting, and so we have some matches out of the [Big 12], but then we will come to the [Big 12] and I think that those are the most important ones,” Niedermayerova said. “Generally I just want to win as many matches as a team as we can possibly do and play our best.”

Emily DeShazer | Collegian
Junior tennis player Petra Niedermayerova powers a shot over the net in her win against No. 124 Samantha Vickers from Tulsa on Saturday at Body First Fitness Center. No. 15 Niedermayerova's win helped the No. 60 Wildcats in upsetting No. 23 Tulsa.

K-State serves upset against No. 23 Tulsa

For the No. 60 K-State women’s tennis team, playing in front of a home crowd in Manhattan does not happen very often. They got the chance on Saturday and made the best of it. The No. 23 Tulsa Hurricanes came into this weekend’s match as winners of their last six against the Wildcats, but that streak ended as the Wildcats defeated Tulsa 4-3.

“It was really hard fought against a team that I have a lot of respect for and is very talented,” said K-State head coach Steve Bietau. “[The Hurricanes] fight for every point. The effort our players made today was pretty strong.”

Dating back to 2006, the last time that K-State beat Tulsa, the Wildcats have been held to no more than two points in every match. Since 2007, K-State has not scored more than one point against Tulsa in a match.

It was the doubles team of junior Petra Niedermayerova and senior Karla Bonacic, who are currently ranked No. 34 nationally, that got the momentum rolling for K-State by defeating the No. 9 ranked doubles team of junior Samantha Vickers and sophomore Isaura Enrique by a score of 8-2.

The doubles point was captured when K-State’s second doubles team of freshman Ivana Kubickova and senior Carmen Borau Ramos won its match 8-4. K-State took a 1-0 lead in total points going into the singles matches.

Again it was No. 15 Niedermayerova and Bonacic who captured victories in their singles matches to give K-State a quick 3-0 lead. However, it appeared that Tulsa was beginning to rally as they won the next two singles matches, setting the overall score at 3-2 in favor of K-State.

Putting the nail in the coffin for Tulsa was Ramos, who won her singles match in straight sets to give K-State the victory.

“Anytime you beat someone of this caliber, it’s a good win, and it’s a step in the right direction for your program” Bietau said.

K-State will now play on the road for their next 12 matches with their first stop in Memphis, Tenn., where they will take on No. 70-ranked Memphis on Friday.