Kansas’ opening weekend comes to a close

AUBURN, Ala. and CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Kansas tennis team closed out its opening weekend Sunday after competing at the Marliss Gruver Fall Invitational in Auburn, Alabama and Wahoowa Invitational in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In Auburn, KU came up short in their final day of competition. Sophomore Julia Deming fell in straight sets of the flight B (orange) singles final, 6-2, 6-4. Vasiliki Karvouni and her partner also lost in their respective final in flight B (orange) doubles final, 6-3.

"This weekend was great for all of our players competing. We played against quality competition and found out exactly where we are collectively."

Todd Chapman, head coach

In Virginia, KU’s Maria Toran Ribes and Malkia Ngounoue split the day with a loss and a win to close out the Wahoowa Invite. Ribes finished out her series with a three-set match that ended in a 7-6, 6-7, 11-9 victory. Unable to follow suit, Ngounoue, dropped a 6-3, 3-6, 13-11 match against her Princeton opponent.

"We looked good in certain areas, but after this weekend we now know we have certain areas where we need to improve. That is what the fall is about: being tested and development."


Up next for the Jayhawks is a trip to Dallas, Texas for the SMU Invitational on Sept 27-Sept 29.