Kansas tennis ties highest ranking in program history

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas tennis team moved up one notch to No. 7 in Wednesday’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) poll, tying the highest ranking in the history of Kansas women’s tennis. The 1994 Jayhawks finished the year ranked No. 7.

Kansas advanced after recording two Top-50 victories for the second weekend in a row. The Jayhawks blanked No. 41 Arkansas Saturday and No. 44 Air Force Sunday.
“I am happy for the team and the work they have put in to be considered one of the best teams in Kansas history,” said Kansas head coach Todd Chapman. “With that being said our number one focus and priority is our preparations for a tough road trip this weekend to Washington and Oregon. This group of young ladies has the chance to continue setting a new bar and standard for Kansas tennis if they stay focused on the process and stay hungry to get better on a daily basis.”
Kansas currently has six players ranked in singles and doubles by the ITA. In singles, undefeated (8-0) senior Anastasia Rychagova is ranked No. 47, while fellow senior Janet Koch is ranked No. 79.
The senior duo of Koch and Nina Khmelnitckaia is ranked No. 3 in the nation with a 7-0 record this spring. Junior Maria Toran Ribes and freshman Malkia Ngounoue, 4-3 this spring, are ranked No. 39. Freshman Sonia Smagina is ranked with two different teammates – Koch (No. 46) and Rychagova (No. 51). Rychagova and Smagina have compiled a 7-1 doubles record in 2019.
The 8-1 Jayhawks next travel to the Pacific Northwest to face off against No. 26 Washington on Friday, March 1, and Oregon Sunday, March 3.

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