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K-State Tennis Continues Big 12 Action
K-State's Amina St. Hill hits a backhand against Oklahoma at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on March 28, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
March 30, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
Although No. 61 K-State Tennis fell, 6-1, to No. 18 Oklahoma on Friday afternoon, the team isn't hanging its head. As the team looks forward to today's match against Oklahoma State, it knows, despite the final score, just how close it came to victory over the Sooners and will work hard to improve on that today.
Friday afternoon's competition marked the inaugural match of the brand-new Mike Goss Tennis Stadium and left K-State hungry to get back on its own courts today.
"Everybody enjoyed playing in the new facility," said interim head coach Liz Ullathorne. "It was the first match out there and it was just great to be outside with a home crowd. It was so good."
Weather permitting, today's matches are set for a 1 p.m., first serve.
"I love being home in this unbelievable facility," junior Amina St. Hill said after Friday's matches. "Having people come and watch us, we all really appreciate all the support."
On Friday afternoon, K-State's solo win ¬came by way of St. Hill who defeated Oklahoma's Emma Devine at the No. 5 singles, 6-3, 6-1. The match pushed St. Hill to a career-best 14-9 record this season, including a 3-0 mark in Big 12 action.
St. Hill said though she was the only Wildcat to register a win against the Sooners, she knows her team is focused and excited to get back on the courts.
"I think that, overall, even though we lost, I think we did a good job," she explained. "We wasted a couple of points away in every match to win it. I'm really happy that I won, but I really feel like it was closer than the result of 6-1."
Like St. Hill said, the Wildcats' matches were close ones. In doubles action, Oklahoma's Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie defeated K-State senior Petra Niedermayerova and St. Hill by a close 8-7 result. Following that doubles match, the Sooners' Devine and Morgan Chumney defeated K-State's freshmen Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago by another close 8-7 margin.
"I think there's a lot of positives to be taken from today," said Ullathorne. "Yea, we lost 6-1, but a couple of points here and there and I think it's a 4-3 match. I think the team has to take a lot of confidence from that going into the next six tough Big 12 matches."
K-State is now 8-7 on the season and 2-1 in Big 12 play. No. 23 Oklahoma State enters today's match 9-5 this season, 3-0 in Big 12 action and is coming off of a 7-0 win over Kansas on Friday afternoon.
"Now we know that we are close," continued St. Hill, "especially in doubles, so we just have to get back, work harder and get excited for Oklahoma State."
K-State's rowers win the Kansas Cup against Kansas during the Sunflower Showdown at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kansas on March 29, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
Rowing Wins Fourth Consecutive Sunflower Showdown
K-State Women's Rowing used strong performances from its 1st Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8 to power the Wildcats to a fourth-straight victory over Kansas at the Sunflower Showdown. On the day, the two schools split the six total races with K-State ending the dual with back-to-back wins and a 17-6 advantage.
"I thought the 1V and 2V, both of them rowed well," Sweeney said. "They're really taking it up a notch in how they approach racing and how they're handling racing."
*For more on yesterday's races, click here.