Wildcats fall to both Baylor and Texas over weekend

George Walker | The Collegian Junior Amina St. Hill returns the ball during the match against Baylor on Sunday at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center in Manhattan.

The K-State Wildcats faced another difficult weekend as they squared off against the No. 25 Texas Longhorns and the No. 16 Baylor Bears. The young Wildcat squad was simply outmatched, dropping both matches and falling to 8-10 on the season (2-4 Big 12).

K-State fell short to Texas 7-0 on Saturday before falling to Baylor 5-1 on Sunday to wrap up the series.

“Baylor is a very talented team and very well coached,” interim head coach Liz Ullathorne said Sunday. “I thought we put ourselves in some positions today, just didn’t play the big points as well as we could’ve and came up short.”

Six spots on the Wildcats eight-woman roster are filled by freshmen. The lone senior on the squad, Petra Niedermayerova, has continued her strong play as the season progresses. With her victory over Baylor’s No. 34 ranked Kiah Generette, the all-time wins leader in the history of the K-State tennis program improved her career record to 102-40 over the weekend.

The Wildcats will now jump back on the road as they travel to take on No. 56 TCU and No. 32 Texas Tech.

“I think they’ll probably be excited to travel again,” Ullthorne said. “Going down there and playing in a different environment is probably a good thing for us. A little bit of a change up, shake them up a little bit. Those matches again are going to be really tough but we definitely have a shot.”