Jayhawks reach singles, doubles finals of ITA Event at Jayhawk Tennis Center
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Rising KU sophomore Sonia Smagina will play Monday at 9 a.m., in the final of the Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit event at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. Smagina will play Martina Zerulo of Arkansas, who defeated incoming Jayhawk freshman Vasiliki Karvouni Sunday in the semifinals. Smagina defeated KU teammate Malkia Ngounoue to reach the final.
Jayhawks Ngounoue and Julia Deming will play for the doubles championship Monday at 11:30 a.m. They beat KU’s incoming freshman Roxana Manu and Ivana Corley of Oklahoma, 8-3, in the quarterfinals, and then beat a team from Iowa, 8-2, Sunday in the semis. They will face Jessica Aragon and Claire Reifeis of Nebraska, who defeated Smagina and Karvouni, 8-3, Sunday in the semis.
Admission to the matches is free.
This is Smagina’s first appearance in the ITA summer circuit, while Deming and Ngounoue have been regulars on the circuit. They won the doubles title in the Kansas City event in late June and finished runner-up in the Norman, Oklahoma, event before that.
The University of Kansas is one of eight schools across the country hosting competition in Week 4 of the ITA Summer Circuit powered by UTR. The event included 54 men and 56 women.
Stay tuned to KUAthletics.com and Kansas tennis’ social media platforms for updates, results and more information.
ABOUT ITA SUMMER CIRCUIT POWERED BY UTR
The ITA Summer Circuit opened June 22 at 11 sites throughout the country, with 1,026 players registered to compete. The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of 56 events over six-consecutive weekends beginning June 22 and continuing through the last weekend in July.
The summer circuit was created to provide college players the opportunity to compete in organized events year-round. Although the primary purpose of the circuit is to provide incoming freshman and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events are categorized as “open”; therefore, anyone (including high level juniors and adults) is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.
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