🎾 Kansas Competes at the Duel in the Desert
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Kansas women’s tennis wrapped up competition at the Duel in the Desert in Indian Wells, California, where the Jayhawks competed in a hidden duel format, playing against Texas Tech, Georgia and Auburn.
The Jayhawks had a series of successful singles performances in the Duel in the Desert on Friday, as the Jayhawks notched five victories on Friday. Senior Carmen Roxana Manu defeated Yekaterini Dimitrichenko in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, while Tamari Gagoshidze defeated Metka Komac 6-4, 6-2. Kansas’ Maria Titova topped Olivia Peet, 7-5, 6-1 and Mariana Manyoma Velasquez took down Arina Oreshchenkova 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Silva Maria Costache put together a convincing performance by defeating Camryn Stepp 6-0, 6,0.
Kansas won three of its four doubles matches on Friday, with Ngounoue/Janse Van Vuuren defeating Dimitrichenko/Tiglea, 7-5, while Manu/Massey topped Stepp/Peet, 6-2. Manyoma Velasquez/Constache claimed the last doubles victory for KU, 6-4. Titova/Gagoshidze fell to Sayfetdinova/Komac, 2-6.
After a strong start on the first day of the Duel in the Desert, Kansas fell in all three doubles matches on Saturday to Georgia. Ngounoue/Van Vuuren lost to Mai Nirundorn/Guillermina Grant, 2-6. Titova/Gagoshidze fell to Mell Reasco/Meg Kowalski, 1-6. Manu/Massey lost to Ania Hertel/Dasha Vidmanova, 2-6.
Georgia continued its strong performance with wins in singles, as Massey lost to Grant 3-6, 3-6, Ngounoue lost to Reasco 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, Titova lost to Vidmanova 1-6, 3-6, Manu lost to Hertel 4-6, 0-6, Gagoshidze lost to Kowalski 0-6, 4-6, Van Vuuren lost to Lopata 1-6, 1-6, Velasquez lost to Nirundorn 4-6, 1-6.
After weather delayed the morning session, play continued on Sunday with doubles, where Kansas’ Ngounoue and Titova battled with Georgia’s Kowalski and Reasco, falling 4-6.
The Jayhawks will be back in action on Saturday, January 21 when they host Wichita State to the Jayhawk Tennis Center. Play will begin at 12 p.m. CT, admission to attend is free.
Day 1 – Doubles
- Ngounoue/Janse Van Vuuren beat Dimitrichenko/Tiglea 7-5,
- Manu/Massey beat Stepp/Peet, 6-2
- Manyoma Velasquez/Constache won 6-4
- Titova/Gagoshidze lost to Sayfetdinova/Komac 2-6
Day 1 – Singles
- Carmen Roxana Manu beat Yekaterini Dimitrichenko 6-3, 6-3
- Tamari Gagoshidze defeated Metka Komac 6-4, 6-2
- Mariana Manyoma Velasquez took down Arina Oreshchenkova 6-3, 6-4
- Maria Titova topped Olivia Peet 7-5, 6-1
- Silvia Maria Costache beat Camryn Stepp 6-0, 6-0
Day 2 – Doubles
- Ngounoue/Van Vuuren lost to Nirundorn/Grant 2-6
- Titova/Gagoshidze lost to Reasco/Kowalski 1-6
- Manu/Massey lost to Hertel/Vidmanova 2-6
Day 2 – Singles
- Massey lost to Grant 3-6, 3-6
- Ngounoue lost to Reasco 6-4, 3-6, 2,6
- Titova lost to Vidmanova 1-6, 3-6
- Manu lost to Hertel 4-6, 0-6
- Gagoshidze lost to Kowalski 0-6, 4-6
- Van Vuuren lost to Lopata 1-6, 1-6
- Velasquez lost to Nirundorn 4-6, 1-6
Day 3 – Doubles
- Ngounoue/Titova lost to Kowalski/Reasco, 4-6.