Kansas to Hit the Road for Pair of Matches in the Bluegrass State

Feb. 20, 2008

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – Marking the first leg of a stretch of four-straight road duals, the University of Kansas will take on No. 22 Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky this weekend. The Jayhawks fill face the Wildcats in Lexington on Saturday at 11 a.m., and will then head to Richmond to take on EKU on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The Jayhawks are in the midst of a two-match winning streak, both of which have been dominating 7-0 victories. In its most recent outing, KU swept UMKC, winning every singles and doubles match. Kansas surrendered just five games en route to winning each singles contest in straight sets.

Leading KU (2-3) this spring has been junior Edina Horvath. The Budapest, Hungary native is unbeaten in singles play while competing in the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, and has also yet to lose in the No. 1 doubles position with teammate Elizaveta Avdeeva.

Also playing well so far has been freshman Magdalena Tokarczyk, who, despite not joining the team until after the fall season, has already taken over the No. 1 singles slot and is 4-1 in dual match play.

The Wildcats, however, will present a major hurdle in Kansas’ quest for a third-consecutive victory. UK is currently 7-2 this spring, which includes wins over ranked foes Marshall, Michigan and Clemson. In its most recent outing, Kentucky fell at No. 1 ranked Georgia Tech, 6-1.

Eastern Kentucky enters the weekend with a record of 3-3. The Colonels have struggled as of late, though, suffering consecutive 7-0 losses to EastTennesseeState and Miami (Ohio). EKU will play a doubleheader against WrightState and Abilene Christian on Saturday before facing the Jayhawks on Sunday.

This weekend’s matchups are the first of four-straight road duals for Kansas. KU will not play at home until March 9 against New Mexico.