Jayhawks Will Face Familiar, Ranked Foes at NCAA Tennis Championships





ORLANDO, Fla. – Kansas seniors Nina Khmelnitckaia, Janet Koch and Anastasia Rychagova will face familiar, ranked opponents this week to start the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Individual Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.

Rychagova, ranked No. 13 in the nation with an 18-2 overall record this dual season, will face off against Denver’s No. 97-ranked Bianca Mok on Monday, May 20, at 4:30 p.m., Central time. Rychagova has a 20-3 singles record for the entire 2018-19 season, 11-3 vs. ranked opponents.

Rychagova and Mok’s first match against one another this season ended unfinished after Kansas bested Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 4-0, on May 3. Mok was leading that match, 7-5, 4-3, when Kansas claimed the overall victory.

Khmelnitckaia and Koch, the No. 6-ranked doubles team in the country, will match up against Stanford’s No. 19-ranked Caroline Lampl and Kimberly Yee on Tuesday, May 21, at a time yet to be announced. In the Sweet 16 matchup between Kansas and Stanford on May 10, Khmelnitckaia and Koch triumphed over Lampl and Yee, 6-2.

The senior duo enters the NCAA Tournament with an 18-1 record this dual season and on an eight-match win streak. They are 25-5 overall in 2018-19, 16-3 vs. ranked opponents. They rose all the way to No. 1 in the nation earlier this spring.

All three Jayhawks have earned first-team All-America honors as a result of their seeding in this tournament.

Live stats and streaming will be available as well as updates throughout the tournament on Kansas tennis’ social media accounts.