K-State tennis adds Ullathorne to staff

By The Mercury

Kansas State head women’s tennis coach Steve Bietau has announced the addition of Liz Ullathorne as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. Ullathorne replaces former K-State assistant coach Olga Shaw, who stepped aside following five seasons with the Wildcats.

“First, we have had the chance to compete against Liz for the past four years, so we know what a tough competitor she is,” said Bietau of his new assistant. “We also know that she has always demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship. During Liz’s time at Texas Tech, their program made one of the more dramatic improvements not only in the Big 12 but on a national level. Liz was a big part of that. She understands the game, she knows how to win, and she does things the right way. Now the emphasis will shift to transferring what she knows to our team.

“Some players set themselves apart by how ‘into it’ they are,” continued Bietau. “They show the interest and ability to think beyond themselves and strive to understand how things work. That would be Liz. She is talented, young, and hungry, and I think will make a terrific coach here at K-State.”

Ullathorne joins the Wildcats after a successful four-year career at Texas Tech. The 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.

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