St. Hill Makes Most of Senior Season

As a matter of fact, she's enjoyed every second of it.
"I kind of love it," said the Gothenburg, Sweden, native. "I joke with the girls sometimes, I tell them, 'Don't call me Amina, call me, 'The Senior.' I love it."
Laughter filled the room because, behind her response, there was quite a bit of truth. 
St. Hill has more than just embraced the role of being the team's only upperclassman. Rather, she's used it as an opportunity to help her team by displaying valuable leadership both on and off the court.
"We only have one senior, but I'm grateful that it is Amina," said head coach Danielle Steinberg, who is in her first year coaching the K-State tennis team. "It makes it a lot easier for an incoming coach when you have that leadership on the team. We don't have to worry about Amina working hard or competing because we know she's going to take care of it. She's probably one of the most competitive people I've ever met, and I love that because it means on the court, she's going to find a way, no matter what, to make it happen. Winning or losing, we know we're going to get 100 percent."
And in her final year with the Wildcats, giving it 100 percent is exactly what St. Hill is doing - even when injury has forced her to the sidelines. 
Today at 11 a.m., K-State (7-9, 1-2 Big 12) will take on Iowa State (6-9, 1-2 Big 12) for the team's final home match of the 2015 season, and the Wildcats will celebrate St. Hill's senior day. 
"It went really fast. I still remember coming here as a freshman, and I never thought it would go by this quick," said St. Hill about her senior season. "Especially this year. This year has gone by really fast because I've been playing well and I've been having a lot of fun. I think when you have fun, that's when time really flies by fast."
Having fun with it, St. Hill has played some of the best tennis of her career this season, garnering an 11-4 record in singles action.
Though she was injured a few weeks ago, she isn't letting it hold her back. St. Hill decided to make the most during her time recovering and has spent the past month on the sidelines learning from the K-State coaching staff. 
She has hopes of becoming a coach, and, after her senior season, she will stay at K-State for a fifth year and student-coach with the Wildcats for the 2015-16 season. 
"Being able to be here next year and stay with the team, it's great. I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity that (Coach Steinberg) is giving me," said St. Hill. "Once I got injured, it could have gone two ways. I could have felt sorry for myself, but she really made me embrace it and realize now I have the opportunity to learn and support the girls. I feel like I'm just as much a part of the team than I was when I wasn't injured, and I didn't expect that."
Through her time helping coach, St. Hill has learned more about the game than she has ever before and hopes to use that knowledge to her advantage when she returns to the court. 
"They say that the best thing a player can do is go coach for a little bit because it forces them to learn about the game. When you're playing, you're just thinking about yourself and it's harder to develop in tennis. I'm confident that when Amina returns, she'll be a better tennis player."
So, at her senior day today, whether she plays or not, St. Hill will be honored before the match for her impact on the Wildcat tennis team.
"She's a huge part of the team even when she's not playing," said Steinberg. "She's very influential on the girls, and that's something that she should be proud of. She's contributing to winning and getting the girls to get better." 
The Wildcats enter today's match coming off a 4-0 sweep over West Virginia on Friday afternoon. The win over the Mountaineers marked K-State's first Big 12 victory of the season and snapped a three-match losing skid. 
After today's match, the Wildcats will host Campus Kids Day where participants will receive cookies and refreshments as well as a post-match clinic from members of the K-State tennis team. The first 15 children to register will receive a K-State Tennis sling bag. 
K-State will host an old foe on Sunday in the second round of the 2015 Postseason WNIT as the Wildcats face Missouri in Bramlage Coliseum at 2 p.m.
K-State enters today's game following an 86-68 victory over Akron in the WNIT's first round, while the Tigers come to Bramlage Coliseum coming off a 69-61 win over Northern Iowa. 
For game notes, ticket information and more on today's women's basketball game, please click here

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