Kansas Rolls Past UMKC, 7-0
Feb. 10, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Sophomore Ekaterina Morozova pounded 10 winners to defeat UMKC’s Eva Dalvai and lead the Jayhawk tennis team to a 7-0 win against UMKC for the fourth time in as many meetings. KU has never lost a single match to UMKC.
In the first set, Morozova came out with a hot 3-0 start, but both players stayed on serve for the next five games. With a 5-3 advantage, Morozova claimed the set with a serve that Dalvai could not control.
Dalvai won the first game of the second set to go up 1-0, but Morozova fired back to finish the match 6-3, 6-1.
“I think I played well,” said Morozova. “I came out with a lot of energy and was ready to fight for every ball. She played really well, so I really wanted to come out and win every point.”
At No. 2 singles, Freshman Sara Lazarevic won her first match of the season with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of UMKC’s Chelsea Horner. Junior Maria Martinez, sophomore Erin Wilbert and freshman Vika Khanevskaya all recorded straight-set victories as well.
Senior Kunigunda Dorn rallied from being down a set to beat UMKC’s Laura Bouet, 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-4 at the No. 3 spot.
In doubles play, Wilbert and Lazarevic paired up at the No. 1 spot to defeat UMKC’s Dalvai and Horner, 8-3. The UMKC duo struggled to return Wilbert and Lazarevic’s serves, resulting in a 1-0 lead to open the set. The Jayhawks then broke serve and fought their way to a 5-0 start and the Kangaroos could overcome the deficit.
“We came out with a lot of energy and fight today,” said head coach Amy Hall-Holt. “It really boosts our confidence to come out and beat a good UMKC team.”
At No. 2 doubles, Morozova and Khanevskaya won 8-2 and Martinez and Dzuba were victorious at the No. 3 spot with an 8-2 decision.
The Jayhawks will be back in action for a Valentine’s Day double-header versus Iowa and South Dakota on Sunday, Feb. 14. KU will take the court against Iowa at 10 a.m. CT and South Dakota at 3 p.m. CT at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility, where admission is free to the public.
Check back with www.kuathletics.com/tennis for updates.
1.) Wilbert/Lazarevic (KU) def. Dalvai/Horner (UMKC), 8-3
2.) Morozova/Khanevskaya (KU) def. Lisenby/Ball (UMKC), 8-2
3.) Martinez/Dzuba (KU) def. Yakominich/Bouet (UMKC), 8-2
1.) Ekaterina Morozova (KU) def. Eva Dalvai (UMKC), 6-3, 6-1
2.) Sara Lazarevic (KU) def. Chelsea Horner (UMKC), 6-2, 6-3
3.) Kunigunda Dorn (KU) def. Laura Bouet (UMKC), 3-6, 7-6(2), 10-4
4.) Maria Martinez (KU) def. Suzan Llisenby (UMKC), 6-0, 6-1
5.) Erin Wilbert (KU) def. Jillian Yakominich (UMKC), 6-0, 6-0
6.) Vika Khanevskaya (KU) def. Jessica Ball (UMKC), 6-2, 6-0