RCW: Inside Tennis 3.35
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Number BY THE NUMBERS
The number of wins the Kansas women’s tennis team finished with in the 2016-17 season.
Notes QUICK HITS
- Returning to the NCAA Tournament for back-to-back years, the then-No. 34 Jayhawks faced then-No. 32 Notre Dame in the first round of play in Columbus, Ohio.
- Limited to five available players, due to freshman Maria Toran Ribes’ injury, Kansas forfeited the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles spots. With Notre Dame winning the doubles point, the Irish quickly went up 2-0.
- No. 77-ranked sophomore Anastasia Rychagova came out strong, winning her first set, 6-0, at the No. 1 position against No. 101-ranked Monica Robinson. Rychagova stayed tough throughout the second set, winning 6-4, to put the Jayhawks on the board.
- Playing up at the No. 5 spot, freshman Tatiana Nikolaeva defeated her opponent to tie the match, 2-2. In her opening season as a Jayhawk, Nikolaeva tallied a 20-14 singles record, including a 3-2 mark since moving into the No. 5 position.
- Senior Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum dropped her match and Notre Dame took a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Nina Khmelnitckaia gutted out a win at the No. 4 spot to, once again, tie the match, 3-3. Khmelnitckaia ended her sophomore season with an 18-9 overall singles mark and a 22-14 doubles record, including an impressive 21-10 record with Bernard-Feigenbaum.
- With the match on the line, it was down to Janet Koch and Allison Miller at the No. 3 spot. After her first set fell short, Koch cruised to a 6-1 second-set win, but ultimately dropped the match, as KU suffered a 4-3 first round NCAA loss for the second-straight year.
- Up next, the No. 35-ranked doubles team of Bernard-Feigenbaum and Khmelnitckaia will travel to Athens, Georgia, where they will take part in the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship during the week of May 24-29.
- After earning an at-large berth, the duo will be the first Jayhawks to participate since 1998.