WACO, Texas – For just the fourth time in series history and the first time since the 2000 season, No. 53 Kansas State defeated No. 10 Baylor 4-3 on Friday night at the Baylor Tennis Center. K-State won its Big 12 opener for the first time since the 2006 season and halted a 10-match losing streak to the Lady Bears.
K-State improved to 10-1 and is now 1-0 in Big 12 action. With the victory, Kansas State reached the 10-win mark for the first time since the 2006 campaign and registered its third win against an opponent in the Campbell/ITA National Rankings.
Friday night’s match was the first of five consecutive matches for the Wildcats against ranked opponents. Baylor falls to 9-3 this season and 1-1 in league play.
“This was an incredible effort on the part of our team,” said head coach Steve Bietau. “I felt like all year long that this was a good group and we enjoyed working with them. For these girls to get a reward like this is really a huge thing for them and for the program.”
Kansas State opened the evening by securing the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles. The duo of junior Nina Sertic and freshman Petra Niedermayerova outlasted Diana Nakic and Taylor Ormand 8-6 at No. 2 to tie the doubles action at 1-1.
The Wildcats notched the doubles point with a win from the combination of sophomore Ana Gomez Aleman and junior Petra Chuda. The K-State pair held off Jelena Stanivuk and Cristina Danaila in a tie-breaker, 9-8. K-State has now won the doubles point eight times this season and is unbeaten when securing the first point.
Baylor notched wins at Nos. 4 and 2 singles to grab a 2-1 lead before Niedermayerova evened the match with a victory at the top slot. Niedermayerova recorded her third career victory against a ranked opponent, as she defeated No. 19 Sona Novakova in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. It was the highest-ranked foe Niedermayerova has defeated, topping her win on Jan. 14, 2011 against then-No. 67 Nadja Gilchrist of Georgia. She now owns a record of 3-1 in matches against ranked opponents, with all three victories coming in straight sets.
For the season, Niedermayerova is 15-6 and owns a 10-1 record this spring with all of her matches coming from the top position of the K-State lineup.
The Lady Bears recovered to push in front 3-2 with a win at No. 3 singles, but the lead was short-lived. Sertic was able to come from behind to win a three-set battle with Danaila, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 singles and knot the match at 3-3.
The win improves Sertic to 11-7 and brings her record in three-set matches to 4-1 this spring. As a team this season, K-State is now 8-1 at the No. 5 position.
Sophomore Carmen Borau Ramos sealed the upset with a hard-fought 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win against Abby Stainback at No. 6 singles. Borau Ramos was a late addition to the K-State lineup, as Bonacic took ill prior to the start of singles. The win for Borau Ramos was her first since Jan. 21, also in three sets to New Mexico’s Laura Richardson.