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The THRILL of VICTORY!!! pic.twitter.com/vztQChK1W8
— Kansas Tennis (@KansasTennis) May 11, 2018
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2017-18 Season Highlights
- The team received its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and claimed its first NCAA Tournament win in 19 years.
- Finished tied for second in the Big 12 Conference regular-season standings.
- Ranked in the top-20 for 12-straight weeks in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national polls.
- Kansas junior Anastasia Rychagova was ranked the No. 1 singles player in the nation after the fall season, and remained in the top-10 throughout the entire spring season.
- The ITA awarded three Jayhawks postseason awards: ITA Player to Watch (Central Region): Rychagova; ITA Most Improved Senior (Central Region): Despoina Vogasari; and ITA Assistant Coach of the Year (Central Region): Caroline Lilley.
- Rychagova and Vogasari were both named to the All-Big 12 Singles First Team.
- Meanwhile, the Jayhawks had two tandems receive honors from the league office. Nina Khmelnitckaia/Rychagova and Vogasari/Maria Toran Ribes all earned All-Big 12 Doubles Second Team accolades.
- A first-year Jayhawk who transferred in from Houston for her senior season of eligibility, Vogasari was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
- Four Jayhawks earned recognition from the league office for their efforts in the classroom this season. Khmelnitckaia was named Academic All-Big 12 First Team, while Rychagova, Toran Ribes and Amber Policare all made the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.
- Throughout the 2017-18 season, Kansas had three team members earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors: Rychagova (Feb. 20), Khmelnitckaia (March 13) and Vogasari (March 27).
- Rychagova won the Championship of Main Draw Consolation bracket at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All American Tournament.
- Rychagova and Vogasari qualified for the Oracle ITA Fall National Championships
- Rychagova earned an at-large bid for the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles Championship and was seeded eighth; she did not play because of injury. Vogasari selected as the fifth alternate.
- Khmelnitckaia and Rychagova were awarded an at-large bid for the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship. The 20th-ranked duo won their first-round match over a team from Central Florida before losing in the round of 16.
- Some notable victories for the Jayhawks took place during the 2017-18 season as well. They ended an 11-match losing streak to Tulsa with a 6-1 win over the 26th-ranked Golden Hurricane (March 9) and also snapped a 13-match losing streak against Texas Tech with a 4-0 victory over the 16th-ranked Red Raiders (March 23).