Hommell Clutch, Avdeeva Reaches Milestone as KU Edges No. 67 Nebraska

April 18, 2008

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – For the fourth time this season, senior Lauren Hommell broke a 3-3 tie with a win in the No. 6 singles match, sending the University of Kansas to a crucial 4-3 victory over 67th-ranked Nebraska Friday afternoon at First Serve.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The win improved KU to 8-12 overall, and more importantly, upped its record to 4-6 in Big 12 play. A fifth-place finish is a now even more of a possibility for Kansas if it can beat IowaState on Sunday and get favorable results from the rest of the conference.

Hommell, as she did in KU’s wins over Kansas State, New Mexico and Oklahoma earlier this season, clinched dual for the Jayhawks. After falling in a hard-fought tiebreaker in the first set, the Roswell, Ga., native came back to dominate the next two sets against NU’s Maria Ring, improving her dual-match record to 9-5.

Also coming up big for Kansas on Friday was junior Yuliana Svistun, who battled back after losing badly in the first set of her No. 5 contest to defeat Nebraska’s Amber Chandronnait, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

KU opened the day by recording a sweep of doubles play. The Jayhawks’ No. 1 tandem of senior Elizaveta Avdeeva and Edina Horvath defeated NU’s Imke Reimers and Jana Alba, 8-4, giving Avdeeva her 22nd-career Big 12 doubles win, which is now tied with Julia Sidorova for most in school history. A win on Sunday would make Avdeeva Kansas’ all-time leader.

Hommell and sophomore Kunigunda Dorn won their No. 2 doubles contest, as did Svistun and freshman Magdalena Tokarczyk in the No. 3 slot.

After Kansas took the early 1-0 after doubles play, both teams went back and forth. The Husker’s evened the dual after taking the No. 2 match, but Dorn put Kansas back on top with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over NU’s Stephanie Evans in the No. 4 position.

Nebraska then tied the dual again with a victory in the No. 3 match, but KU quickly put itself on the verge of clinching the win after Svistun finished off the No. 5 match to put her squad up 3-2.

However, Nebraska’s Reimers – who had lost the first set of the No. 1 contest to Tokarczyk, evened the dual yet again by coming back to win the next two sets, setting the stage for Hommell’s heroics.

Kansas, which is now 6-4 at home this year, will look to end the regular season on a high note when it plays host to IowaState on Sunday at 11 a.m. The dual will mark the final home appearances for senior Avdeeva, Hommell and Stephanie Smith, all of whom will be recognized prior to the start of the match.

Results

Doubles

1) Avdeeva/Horvath (KU) def. Reimers/Albers (NU), 8-4

2) Dorn/Hommell (KU) def. Evans/Ring (NU), 8-7 (5)

3) Tokarczyk/Svistun (KU) def. Swarting/Chandronnait (NU), 8-6

Singles

1) Imke Reimers (NU) def. Magdalena Tokarczyk (KU), 1-6, 6-4, 6-2

2) Wiveca Swarting (NU) def. Elizaveta Avdeeva (KU), 6-4, 6-2

3) Jana Albers (NU) def. Edina Horvath (KU), 7-6 (8), 6-3

4) Kunigunda Dorn (KU) def. Stephanie Evans (NU), 6-4, 6-3

5) Yuliana Svistun (KU) def. Amber Chandronnait (NU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

6) Lauren Hommell (KU) def. Maria Ring (NU), 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-1