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Kansas junior Anastasia Rychagova helped lift her team to two victories over the weekend and extend their winning streak to four-straight matches.
The Jayhawks hosted then-ranked No. T24 Oregon and William & Mary at the Jayhawk Tennis Center on Friday, February 16, and Sunday, February 18, respectively.
Friday, Rychagova and junior teammate Nina Khmelnitckaia paired up to defeat the Ducks’ No. 10-ranked team of Shweta Sangwan and Alyssa Tobita, 6-3. The Jayhawk duo’s win gave Kansas its first doubles point of the season, putting the team up, 1-0.
In singles, Rychagova, who competed as the No. 2-ranked player in the nation, faced Tobita on court one. Rychagova took an early, 4-0, lead in the first set, eventually winning it, 6-2. After falling in the second set, 5-4, Rychagova bounced back by blanking Tobita in the third set to take the match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. Rychagova’s three-set victory clinched the overall match for the Jayhawks, 4-1.
Playing opposite of William & Mary Sunday, Rychagova and Khmelnitckaia found themselves winning the doubles point (?) for the second-straight match. The KU team downed Rosie Cheng and Olivia Thaler, 6-1.
Seeing No. 68 Cheng in singles, Rychagova edged her opponent in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, to stretch the Kansas lead to 3-1, leading to an ultimate 5-2 victory.
Rychagova’s efforts over the weekend were recognized by the conference, as she was named Big 12 Women’s Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday, February 20.
New Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) team and individual polls also came on out Tuesday. The Jayhawks entered the rankings for the first time this season at No. 15, while Rychagova returned to the top of the singles list as the No. 1-ranked player. She earned a career-high position in doubles as she and partner Khmelnitckaia landed at No. 29. After tallying a 14-8 singles record, senior Despoina Vogasari finds herself at No. 77 on the ITA list.