Wildcats ace Mountaineers, advance to second round of championships


Carrying over momentum from their win last Saturday against Kansas, the Wildcats continued their strong play in the first round of the Big 12 Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. The No. 7 seed Wildcats swept No. 10 seed West Virginia 4-0 in a quick morning on the courts. K-State is now 4-0 all-time against the Mountaineers.

“I think we’re peaking at the right time right now,” K-State interim head coach Liz Ullathorne said. “The last time we played West Virginia, it was a 4-3 match. So for us to come out and get on and off the courts really fast, it was kind of a domination there. There weren’t really any matches close, so I think everyone is really confident.”

Next up for the Wildcats will be No. 2 seed Oklahoma State. The Wildcats fell to Oklahoma State 5-2 back in March during the regular season. Despite the loss, Ullathorne said she feels confident in her bunch moving into the second round.

“We played (Oklahoma State) tough in conference; they’re a very very talented team, but I am very excited about that opportunity,” Ullathorne said. “We have a legitimate shot if we keep playing the way we’ve been playing these last couple of matches. With that amount of fight and intensity we could cause an upset.”

The match is set for 3 p.m. today.