Wildcat Weekend Recap

The action kicked off at Body First Fitness Center in Manhattan on Friday morning where K-State defeated Northern Iowa, 6-1. Petra Niedermayerova and Palma Juhasz secured a 6-1 win in the doubles competition, while, in Friday's singles matches, freshmen Iva Bago, Maria Panaite and Livia Cirnu, along with junior Amina St. Hill and Niedermayerova all came away with wins.
"With the number of matches we are playing, we really stress the importance of learning something from each one," head coach Steve Bietau said. "I think they have done a pretty good job of doing that. This is our second weekend in a row where we have had two dual matches. This group is pretty young and inexperienced and they do some goofy things from time to time, but they are conscientious and they do work hard. I think today marks a pretty positive step for them."
On Saturday, Liberty traveled to Manhattan but it was unable to head home with a win as K-State swept the Flames, 7-0. 
The Wildcats quickly captured the doubles point with wins at No. 3 and No. 1 doubles. Bietau adjusted his lineup for the second match of the weekend. The duo of Cirnu and Panaite tallied a 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles as they were paired together for the first time this season.
At No. 1 doubles, Niedermayerova and St. Hill registered the point for K-State with a 6-2 win over the Flames. Despite being the lone upperclassmen on the roster, Niedermayerova and St. Hill were paired together for the first time in their careers on Saturday.
Bago, Panaite, Juhasz, Cirnu and St. Hill all captured singles wins for K-State.
"I was really proud of our team today," St. Hill said after the match. "I thought we played pretty well. The fact that everyone won their singles matches and we improved in doubles, I think this was a step in the right direction."
K-State will return to Body First Tennis and Fitness Center as it takes on Fresno State on Friday, Feb. 7, at 12 p.m., and Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.
"It is nice not to travel," Bietau said about playing at home. "We are looking forward to getting out to our outdoor facility and playing outdoors in better weather and in front of our fans. It is a lot of fun to play here."
For a full recap of the tennis matches, click here.
In its first competition of the spring season, the No. 5 K-State equestrian traveled to Brookings, S.D., to take on South Dakota State and came home with a 10-9 victory. Along with the win, the Wildcats swept all four Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors on the day.
"Today was a great start to our spring season and a big step in the right direction," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "Statistically, it was an extremely close, hard-fought battle, and SDSU rode really well. We had had some tricky horses and a few minor mistakes, but overall, we rode extremely well and adjusted properly."
For more information about yesterday's equestrian win, click here.
K-State Track and Field concluded its second day at the Bill Bergan Invitational with strong performances from both the men's and women's squads. Yesterday in Ames, Iowa, 13 Wildcats competed and combined for four first-place finishes, several personal best marks, a meet record and a clinic in the long jump.  
Headlining the action was senior Devin Dick and sophomore Sara Savatovic with excellent performances in their respective events, the men's heptathlon and women's weight throw. 
For a complete recap of the Bill Bergan Invitational, click here.
Despite coming back from a 10-point deficit in the second half, K-State men's basketball (15-7, 5-4 Big 12) was unable to hold on against West Virginia (13-9, 5-4 Big 12) in an 81-71 decision yesterday afternoon at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.
With home court advantage, Mountaineer junior guard Juwan Staten scored a career-high 35 points as the key threat from start to finish.
"Juwan Staten is a heck of a player. He was playing so well tonight that West Virginia was not running any plays," explained K-State head coach Bruce Weber after the game. "They used a high ball screen that we saw last time we played them at Kansas State. We could not guard him. Also, Staten went to the line over 20 times. That is tough to deal with. Hats off to them."
Freshman guard Marcus Foster led K-State in scoring with 23 points followed by junior forward Thomas Gipson, who neared a double-double with his 19 points and eight rebounds. 
"It is Groundhog Day for us," said Weber. "We keep repeating the same mistakes on the road. We do not play very well in the first half, but are able to battle in the second half to give ourselves a chance."
For a full recap and stats from yesterday afternoon's game, click here.
A sluggish first half shooting performance by Kansas State on Saturday night sent the Wildcats to an 84-65 loss at Iowa State. The Wildcats were looking to win their first game in Hilton Coliseum since the 2007-08 season.
K-State (9-12, 3-7 Big 12) was paced by the tandem of Ashia Woods and Leticia Romero. Woods finished with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 19 in the second half. In addition to her 25 points, Woods also tallied three rebounds and four steals.
Romero notched 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. With her four helpers, Romero became the fourth freshman in school history to reach the 100 assist mark.
For more on yesterday's game, click here.

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