Kansas to host ITA Summer Circuit this weekend

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas is one of eight schools across the country set to host competition in Week 4 of the Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit powered by UTR. Action will take place at the Jayhawk Tennis Center at Rock Chalk Park this Saturday, July 13 through Monday, July 15. Admission to the event is free.

Kansas will host 54 men and 56 women tennis players in Lawrence this weekend, spread out among six different draw breakdowns: Men’s Doubles, Men’s Singles Blue, Men’s Singles Crimson, Women’s Doubles, Women’s Singles Blue and Women’s Singles Crimson.

Four Jayhawks are among the mix of 56 women scheduled to play at the Jayhawk Tennis Center over the next three days. Incoming KU freshman Vasiliki Karvouni as well sophomores-to-be Julia DemingMalkia Ngounoueand Sonia Smagina are all scheduled to compete in both singles and doubles competition. All four players have drawn the Women’s Singles Crimson bracket, which is set to begin play Saturday, July 13, at 8:30 a.m.

Karvouni, who has won a singles title and finished as runner-up at two previous ITA Summer Circuit events this summer, will be one of the first to take to the court Saturday morning when she faces off against her Round of 32 opponent at 8:30 a.m. Should she win, her second singles match would be at noon Saturday. In the event of two-consecutive victories, Karvouni would compete in the singles quarterfinals on Sunday, July 14, again at 8:30 a.m.

The Athens, Greece, native will pair up with fellow Jayhawk Smagina in the doubles bracket, where they’ve received a bye in the first round and will first play together Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m.

This will be Smagina’s first outing of the Summer Circuit after a successful freshman campaign at Kansas. Besides pairing with Karvouni in doubles Friday night, she will begin her singles competition at 9:15 a.m., on Saturday, July 13.

Deming and Ngounoue have been regulars on the circuit, along with Karvouni, for Kansas so far this summer. They, too, have claimed one doubles title (in Kansas City) and finished runner-up in the other event (in Norman, Oklahoma). After also receiving a bye in the first round this weekend, they will play in the Round of 16 Saturday at 7 p.m.

Like their Jayhawk teammates, both Ngounoue and Deming are set to play in the Women’s Singles Crimson bracket. Ngounoue’s first serve is set for Saturday, July 13, at 8:30 a.m., while Deming will take to the court to face the University of Memphis’ Josephine Cao at 9 a.m. Should either KU player advance out of the first round of singles play, their next matches are scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Saturday.

Stay tuned to KUAthletics.com and Kansas tennis’ social media platforms throughout the weekend of play at the Jayhawk Tennis Center for updates, results and more information.

Week 4
Host School City, State Dates Start Time
Palm Beach Atlantic University $$ West Palm Beach, FL July 13-15
Wellesley College Wellesley, MA July 13-15
North Carolina State University $$ Raleigh, NC July 13-15
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN July 13-15
Georgia Southern University $$ Statesboro, GA July 13-15
University of Kansas Lawrence, KS July 13-15
Saturday, July 13 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 14 8:30 a.m.
Monday, July 15 TBD
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX July 13-15
Claremont Mudd Scripps College Claremont, CA July 13-15


The ITA Summer Circuit opened June 22 at 11 sites throughout the country, with 1,026 players registered to compete. The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of 56 events over six-consecutive weekends beginning June 22 and continuing through the last weekend in July.

The summer circuit was created to provide college players the opportunity to compete in organized events year-round. Although the primary purpose of the circuit is to provide incoming freshman and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events are categorized as “open”; therefore, anyone (including high level juniors and adults) is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.