April 13, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 71 K-State returned to the site of interim head coach Elizabeth Ullathorne’s alma mater, No. 34 Texas Tech, on Sunday and the Lady Raiders sent the Wildcats to their seventh straight loss with a 6-1 decision. K-State is now 8-12 this season and 2-6 in Big 12 action.
Ullathorne, a Lancashire, United Kingdom native, concluded her Lady Raiders career by helping Texas Tech win consecutive Big 12 regular season titles in 2012 and 2013 and final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings of No. 18 in 2013 and No. 22 in 2012. During her four years, the Lady Raiders were 68-33 (.673) and reached the NCAA Team Championships twice (2012 and 2013) and advanced to the Round of 32 last season.
Individually, Ullathorne was a strong student-athlete as she was named to the All-Big 12 singles team in 2011 and a two-time All-Big 12 doubles selection in 2012 and 2013 including consecutive titles at number three doubles. Overall, Ullathorne tallied an 81-30 (.730) career doubles record and ranked fifth in Texas Tech history for career doubles winning percentage. In singles, Ullathorne notched a 63-62 (.504) mark and a career-best ITA singles ranking of No. 75.
On Sunday in doubles, Texas Tech (16-7, 6-3 Big 12) captured quick wins at the number two (8-0) and three (8-2) positions to seal the point. The Lady Raiders defeated K-State, 8-6, at the number one position. K-State is 2-9 this season when dropping the doubles point.
In singles, Texas Tech dispatched of the Wildcats with quick wins at the number two, three and four positions in the lineup to seal the match.
The lone bright spot for K-State on Sunday was freshman Livia Cirnu. The freshman from Constanta, Romania, ended a personal six-match losing streak with a comeback win at number five singles. Cirnu defeated Samantha Adams 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 (11-9). This was her second career Big 12 win (2-5) and improved her record in her rookie season in Manhattan to 14-16.
K-State returns home to close out the 2014 spring regular season schedule, as the Wildcats host Sunflower State rival No. 65 Kansas on Saturday, April 19 at 12 p.m. The match will mark the final home match in the career of senior Petra Niedermayerova. Admission and parking are free for the match at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium.
(71) Kansas State (8-12, 2-6 Big 12) at (34) Texas Tech (16-7, 6-3 Big 12)
April 13, 2014 | Lubbock, Texas | McLeod Tennis Center
(34) Texas Tech 6, (71) Kansas State 1
1. (47) Kenna Kilgo/Samantha Adams (TTU) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Amina St. Hill (K-State), 8-6
2. Nikki Sanders/Rashmi Teltumbde (TTU) def. Palma Juhasz/Iva Bago (K-State), 8-0
3. Lynn Kiro/Beatriz Machado Santos (TTU) def. Livia Cirnu/Maria Panaite (K-State), 8-2
1. Kenna Kilgo (TTU) def. (38) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
2. Rashmi Teltumbde (TTU) def. Palma Juhasz (K-State), 6-0, 6-0
3. Lynn Kiro (TTU) def. Maria Panaite (K-State), 6-0, 6-1
4. Nikki Sanders (TTU) def. Amina St. Hill (K-State), 6-0, 6-0
5. Livia Cirnu (K-State) def. Samantha Adams (TTU), 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 (11-9)
6. Samantha Czarniak Rego (TTU) def. Iva Bago (K-State), 6-2, 6-0