KU Tennis Welcomes No. 73 Missouri for Border Showdown Match

April 7, 2011


Kansas tennis is back in action this weekend with a pair of matches at the Jayhawk Tennis Center, including Friday’s match against rival Missouri as part of the Border Showdown Series Presented by M&I Bank. KU will then continue the weekend Sunday morning against Colorado. Friday’s match will begin at 4 p.m., while the match against the Buffaloes will take place at 11 a.m.

Last Time Out

KU captured its first conference victory with its 34th-straight over Iowa State last Friday, in Ames, Iowa. The Jayhawks edged the Cyclones for the 4-3 win after winning doubles and seeing a trio of wins from the bottom of the order. However, the Jayhawks then fell in the second of their two-match Big 12 road series, going down 5-2 to Nebraska in Lincoln. Kansas enters the weekend 7-9 overall and 1-5 in the Big 12.

Jayhawk Leaders

With her No. 6 singles win in Nebraska Sunday, sophomore Victoria Khanevskaya owns a 7-2 record. No. 65-ranked Ekaterina Morozova fell to 8-7 over the weekend, but still leads the team in wins. Morozova and doubles partner Dylan Windom are now 11-5, still ranked at No. 73 this week.

Scouting the Tigers

Missouri (10-7, 2-5 Big 12) has stayed consistent since the departure of its longtime head coach in January. The Tigers have managed to hang around the Campbell’s ITA College Tennis Rankings all season and check in this week at No. 73, after coming off of a win over Oklahoma State. KU owns the lead in the all-time series at 27-10, but has dropped its last five matches against the border rivals.

Scouting the Buffaloes

The Jayhawks will take on the Buffs for the final time as members of the Big 12 Conference and attempt to snap a five-match losing streak against Colorado. CU hung around the rankings in preseason behind the solid play of individuals but quickly fell out after early struggles in the spring. CU comes into the weekend with a 4-1 overall ledger and is winless in five tries in Big 12 play.

KU is 24-17 all-time against Colorado.