Tennis Opens Season By Defeating Ball State, Falling to Indiana

Jan. 22, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The University of Kansas tennis team opened its 2006 spring season successfully on Sunday, Jan. 22, with a victory over Ball State and a hard-fought loss to 32nd ranked Indiana.

After falling 5-2 to the Hoosiers to open the day, the Jayhawks then swept Ball State, 7-0. Kansas freshman Ksenia Bukina and sophomore Elizaveta Avdeeva each had a great start to the season, going a combined 4-0 on Sunday. Against Indiana, Bukina defeated 98th ranked Sarah Batty, while Avdeeva notched a victory over No. 100 Laura McGaffigan.

Also picking up victories in singles play for KU was senior Christine Skoda, sophomore Lauren Hommell, freshman Yuliana Svistun and junior Brittany Brown, all of which coming against Ball State. KU’s tandems of Skoda and Avdeeva and Bukina and Brown both recorded wins over Ball State as well.

“This was a great way to start the season,” head coach Amy Hall-Holt said. “Obviously, we would like to be coming home 2-0, but we feel like we played very well against a tough Indiana team. I felt that everyone had a good day against Ball State, and it was also great to see Ksenia and Elizaveta have success against Indiana’s top two players.”

Kansas will next be in action against Drake on Jan. 28. The match will be held in Topeka, Kan.

Kansas vs. Indiana
Singles Results
No. 1 – No. 79 Ksenia Bukina (KU) def. No. 98 Sarah Batty (IU), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(4)
No. 2 – Elizaveta Avdeeva (KU) def. No. 100 Laura McGaffigan (IU), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 – Brianna Williams (IU) def. Christine Skoda (KU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 – Alba Berdala (IU) def. Lauren Hommell (KU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 – Sigrid Fischer (IU) def. Edina Horvath (KU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 – Cecile Perton (IU) def. Brittany Brown (KU), 6-2, 6-3
(exh.) Marah Calvo (IU) def. Stephanie Smith (KU), 6-1, 3-6, 1-0(5)
(exh.) Stephanie Heller (IU) def. Yuilane Svistun (KU), 6-1, 1-6, 7-5

Doubles Results
No. 1 – No. 37 Batty/McGaffigan (IU) def. Skoda/Avdeeva (KU), 8-1
No. 2 – Fischer/Williams (IU) def. Hommell/Horvath (KU), 8-2
No. 3 – Berdala/Perton (IU) def. Bukina/Brown (KU). 8-5
(exh.) – Heller/Calvo (IU) def. Svistun/Smith (KU), 8-1

Kansas vs. Ball State
Singles Results
No. 1 – No. 79 Ksenia Bukina (KU) def. Jessica Thompson (BSU), 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 – Elizaveta Avdeeva (KU) def. Stephanie Farrar (BSU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 – Christine Skoda (KU) def. Haly Calderwood (BSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Lauren Hommell (KU) def. Jennifer Pollack (BSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 – Yuilane Svistun (KU) def. Katie Owens (BSU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 – Brittany Brown (KU) def. Emma Retter (BSU), 6-1, 6-0
(exh.) Stephanie Smith (KU) def. Rachel Lemar (BSU), 6-0, 6-1

Doubles Results
No. 1 – Skoda/Avdeeva (KU) def. Calderwood/Thompson (BSU), 8-2
No. 2 – Owens/Farrar (BSU) def. Hommell/Horvath (KU), 8-4
No. 3 – Bukina/Brown (KU) def. Pollack/Retter (BSU), 8-3
(exh.) Smith/Svistan (KU) def. Lemar/West (BSU), 8-2