No. 33 Kansas Drops 6-1 Decision at No. 19 Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. – Senior Paulina Los was the lone victor in No. 33 Kansas women’s tennis’, 6-1, loss to No. 19 Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Center Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Tulsa (11-2, 0-0 C-USA) takes the lead in the series record over Kansas (8-3, 0-0 Big 12) to 12-11-1 and pushes its win-streak over KU to eight matches.
“We got beat by a good Tulsa team today,” said first-year head coach Todd Chapman. “I felt like we left some points out on the court today. Tulsa played like the experienced team they are under pressure. Against good teams you have to always continue to play when in pressure situations.”
Marcelina Cichon and Renata Kuricova defeated Claire Dreyer and Morgan Barnhill (8-5) to start the doubles competition. Kansas’ tandem of Maria Jose Cardona and Maria Belen Ludueña answered TU’s point with a win of their own over Dobby Leenabanchong and Maria Sant’Anna (8-5). The doubles point was then left to court one, where Los and Dylan Windom dropped to Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique, 8-6.
The Golden Hurricane took the momentum from the doubles point into singles. Seventieth-ranked Vickers swiftly defeated Cardona on court one, 6-0, 6-0 to give Tulsa a 2-0 lead. Enrique was next, topping KU’s Windom on court two, 6-1, 6-1, and Cichon handed Dreyer her first loss of the doubles season, 6-4, 6-0. With Cichon’s win, Tulsa claimed its 11th win of the season over Kansas.
The matches continued with Los’, 7-5, 6-3, win over Kuricova on the fourth court. Tulsa stretched its win over KU with a win over Barnhill on court six (6-3, 6-3) and Ludueña battled to a tiebreaker with No. 109 Yelen Nemchen before falling, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9) at the third spot.
With the win, Tulsa extends its season record to 11-2, and Kansas drops to 8-3.
“We have to now focus our attention on Iowa State and the start of Big 12 play on Friday,” said Chapman. “Iowa State is always tough at home. We are excited about getting Big 12 play started.”
Kansas will kick off Big 12 play on the road at Iowa State this Friday at 3 p.m., at the Forker Tennis Courts.
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