No. 11 Kansas readies for in-state tennis battle

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas tennis is set for a Sunflower State clash as it travels to face Wichita State Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Jayhawks, who moved up to No. 11 in this week’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) poll, will face off against the Shockers at Wichita Country Club instead of the Sheldon Coleman Tennis Center due to predicted weather conditions.

Kansas leads the series with Wichita State, 17-11, including last season’s 4-3 Jayhawk victory. The Jayhawks have won two straight over the Shockers.

During the 2017-18 season, Wichita State boasted a record of 18-9 and finished the year ranked No. 32. This season, the Shockers are 1-1, with a win over Middle Tennessee and loss to Baylor.

“Wichita State is a program we greatly respect and know very well,” said Kansas head coach Todd Chapman. “We expect our match to be as tough and competitive as all of our other matches against them in the past have been. Playing on the road in a tough environment, against a quality opponent is always a great measuring stick for where we are with our team, so we look forward to the opportunity.”

Last weekend the Jayhawks competed in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The highlight of the tournament for KU came Friday with a 4-1 victory over No. 18-ranked Illinois.  The Jayhawks narrowly dropped Saturday’s match to No. 10 Oklahoma State, 4-3. Kansas is now 2-1 on the 2019 season with top-25 wins over Northwestern (1/20) and Illinois (1/25).

Live scoring for the match will be available here and updates can be found throughout the day on KU tennis’ social media platforms.

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