🎾 Kansas Comeback Falls Just Short at Arizona State
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Kansas Tennis team lost its first match in February, losing to Arizona State 4-3 at Whiteman Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Jayhawks started the day by losing battles in the doubles matches. Sonia Smagina and Tiffany Lagarde fell 6-1 on Court 2. Raphaelle Lacasse and Mariana Manyoma-Velasquez lost shortly after 6-3 on Court 3. Maria Titova and Malkia Ngounoue were unable to finish their match on Court 1.
In the singles part of the match, Kansas fought back with Lagarde defeating Natasha Hill 7-6, 6-0, tying the match 1-1.
Arizona State bounced back, getting wins on Court 5 with Manyoma-Velasquez losing to Patricija Spaka scores of 7-5 and 6-4. Shortly after, Lacasse lost to Cali Jankowski 6-4, 7-6, giving Arizona State the lead 3-1.
Kansas continued to claw back behind the singles play on Courts 1 and 2. Ngounoue kept the train moving for Kansas winning 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 against Domenika Turkovic, making the score 2-3. Titova tied up the match, winning on Court 1 with scores of 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Smagina then lost a close match on Court 3 with scores of 7-6, 2-6, 4-6, giving Arizona State the win 4-3.
The Jayhawks will travel to come back to Lawrence to host Illinois on March 4th at 5:00 p.m. CT and Northwestern on March 6th at 12:00 p.m. CT.
#63 Titova (KU) def Morlet 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
#121 Ngounoue (KU) def Turkovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Gallagher def Smagina (KU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
Jankowski def Lacasse (KU) 6-4, 7-6
Spaka def Velasquez (KU) 7-5, 6-4
Lagarde (KU) def Hill 7-6, 6-0
Ngounoue / Titova (KU) vs. #49 Turkovic / Spaka 3-4 (DNF)
Gallagher / Morlet def Smagina / Lagarde (KU) 6-1
Jankowski / Hill def Lacasse / Velasquez (KU) 6-3