Undefeated Doubles Play Fuels Jayhawk Tennis in KU Invitational

Sept. 26, 2009


The Kansas tennis team finished day two of the Jayhawk Invitational with an undefeated performance in doubles play Saturday at First Serve Tennis Center.

In the No.1 doubles spot, sophomore Ekaterina Morozova and freshman Sara Lazarevic posted wins against Saint Louis and Illinois State to finish the day 2-0.

Sophomore Erin Wilbert and freshman Victoria Khanevskaya, Kansas’ No. 2 doubles team, also finished the day 2-0 with victories against UMKC and Illinois State.

Junior Maria Martinez and sophomore Alessandra Dzuba teamed up in the No. 3 spot for the first time as they maintained the streak with a 2-0 finish, defeating two Saint Louis teams.

Kansas also proved victorious in singles play, finishing 5-2 as a team.

Lazarevic defeated Casey Miller of Saint Louis in three sets to reach the final round of singles play in Bracket A. Morozova reached the finals on the other side of the bracket by defeating KU’s Martinez.

In Bracket B, Wilbert was equally successful with a win over Illinois State’s Carmen Peters in straight sets and also advanced to the finals.

Lazarevic, Morozova and Wilbert have all gone undefeated in both singles and doubles play in the KU Invitational, finishing day two with a combined record of 14-0.

In the consolation rounds, Dzuba and Khanevskaya tallied one win each, adding to the day’s success.

“Today was a great day in both singles and doubles,” head coach Amy Hall-Holt said. “The girls came out today and competed hard and it paid off.”

The Jayhawks will complete the KU Invitational at First Serve Tennis Center on Sunday, Sept. 27. The event is free to the public.

Check kuathletics.com at the end of day three for results.

KU Invitational Results Day 2


Round 2

KU #1 Lazarevic/Morozova def. SLU #1 Elmore/Miller, 8-2

ISU #1 Kiss/Zubkova def. UMKC #1 Bouet/Dalvai, 803

KU #2 Wilbert/Khanevskaya def. UMKC #2 Linsenby/Ball, 8-1

ISU #2 Lech/Maack def. SLU #3 Septien/McKenna, 8-3

KU #3 Martinez/Dzuba def. SLU #4 Peters/Occhipinti, 8-2

ISU #3 Steinhardt/Esker def. SLU #2 Elmore/Nalepa, 8-3

Round 3

KU #1 Lazarevic/Morozova def. ISU #1 Kiss/Zubkova, 8-6

SLU #1 Elmore/Miller def. UMKC #1 Bouet/Dalvai, 8-2

KU #2 Wilbert/Khanevskaya def. ISU #2 Lech/Maack, 8-2

ISU #3 Steinhardt/Esker def. UMKC #2 Lisenby/Ball, 8-0

KU #3 Martinez/Dzuba def. SLU #2 Elmore/Nalepa, 8-6

ISU #4 Peters/Occhipinti vs. SLU #3 Septien/McKenna, DNP


Singles Bracket A

Semifinal Round

Sara Lazarevic (KU) def. Sarah Septien (SLU), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Ekaterina Morozova (KU) def. Maria Martinez (KU), 6-1, 7-5

Singles Bracket B

Semifinal Round

Franzi Steinhardt (ISU) def. Mia Elmore (SLU), 6-4, 6-0

Erin Wilbert (KU) def. Carmen Peters (ISU), 6-1, 6-0

Consolation Bracket A

Semifinal Qualifier Round

Aniko Kiss (ISU) def. Eva Dalvai (UMKC), 6-0, 6-0

Laura Bouet (UMKC) def. Hailee Elmore (SLU), default

Julia Zubkova (ISU) def. Jenny Nalepa (SLU), 6-3, 6-4

Sarah Septien (SLU) def. Natalia Lech (ISU), 6-7, 6-2, 6-2

Consolation Bracket B

Caitlin McKenna (SLU) def. Maria Occhipinti (ISU), 6-2, 6-2

Victoria Khanevskaya (KU) def. Jessica Ball (UMKC), 6-0, 6-4

Alessandra Dzuba (KU) def. Hannah Esker (ISU), 6-3, 6-3

Maria Occhipinti (ISU) def. Kate Goff (KU), 8-1