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Maria Belen Luduena - Women's Tennis - Kansas Jayhawks

Maria Belen Luduena

Height 5'6''
Class Senior
Hometown Curicó, Chile
High School Colegio ZK

Spring 2015 (Senior): Played at the No. 1 position in every doubles match this season… appeared at both the No. 1 and No. 2 spot in singles… Recorded a 8-10 record in singles including a 3-1 mark in Big 12 play… Notched key wins in Kansas’ back-to-back wins over Iowa State and West Virginia…Went 7-10 in doubles play at the No.1 spot including 5-6 with Maria Jose Cardona, 1-3 with Alexis Czapinski and 1-1 with Madison Harrison… Earned Kansas’ first Big 12 Player of the Week honor in fifteen years (3/24)… Named to the Academic All-Big 12 First team.

Fall 2014 (Senior): Posted a 5-5 singles mark which was the second-most singles wins on the team… Went 7-4 in doubles play, including 5-3 when playing with Maria Jose Cardona and 2-1 with Madison Harrison… Reached the semifinals of the ITA Central Regionals playing with Maria Jose Cardona… Claimed the singles title at the CCLR Collegiate Invite by besting Arkansas’ Oleksandra Shkorupeieva.

?Spring 2014 (Junior): Posted an overall 19-13 doubles mark, including a 19-2 record when paired with sophomore Maria Jose Cardona… Recorded a six-match win streak with Cardona to kickoff dual match play… Posted a five-match singles win streak… Notched a 20-19 overall singles record including a 13-14 record in the spring… Went 3-5 in Big 12 doubles play at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions… Defeated Iowa State’s Meghan Cassens, 6-2, 6-2, to help the Jayhawks reach the Big 12 Championships quarterfinals.  

Fall 2013 (Junior): Went 5-5 in singles play in the fall… Five wins tied her for second-most singles wins on the team… Saw action in all three invitationals of the fall slate… Went 2-4 in doubles play, 2-3 with doubles partner Dylan Windom and 0-1 with Maria Jose Cardona… Reached the singles round of 16 in the Houston Invitational.

Spring 2013 (Sophomore):  Finished the season playing at the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles… Ludueña and her doubles partner, Paulina Los, recorded an impressive eight-match winning streak… Finished with a 10-10 singles record in the spring, including 3-6 in Big 12… Finished up the 2012 season with an overall singles record of 15-15 and a doubles record of 20-12… Beat No. 120-ranked Victoria Kisialeva of Baylor…  Named a member of the Academic All-Big 12 Team First Team… Made AD’s Honor Roll and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Fall 2012 (Sophomore): Ended her first fall season of college tennis with a 5-5 singles record in four tournament appearances… Recorded runner-up finishes in her singles draw at the first KU Invitational and the Tribe Invitational… Advanced past the first round of the ITA Regional Championships, defeating Nebraska’s Izabella Zgierska, 6-1, 6-0, before falling to No. 60 Whitney Ritchie in round two… Earned notable singles wins over opponents from Arizona and Penn State… Went 6-5 in doubles play, teaming up with Paulina Los, Maria Jose Cardona and Dylan Windom at different points in the season… With Cardona, defeated Wichita State’s Rebecca Pedrazzi and Carla Venticinque, 8-1, the first round of ITA Regionals before falling to the tournament’s top seed from Oklahoma State… Took third in Draw A of the first KU Invitational with Los.

Spring 2012 (Freshman): Made an immediate impact upon joining the tennis program in January… Won 13 of her first 14 singles matches, earning the team’s No. 3 spot… Recorded victories over opponents from No. 40 North Texas, No. 40 Oklahoma, No. 56 Oklahoma State and No. 71 Kansas State… Finished the season with a team-best 14-8 singles record in dual play… Played at both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions with Paulina Los and Dylan Windom… Went 6-3 with Windom and 2-10 with Los… Earned best doubles win of the season with Los, a 9-8 (5) victory over Maria Christensen and Annemijn Koenen of No. 45 Missouri.

High School: Graduated from Colegio ZK in Santiago, Chile… Represented Chile as a member of the U-16 National Team for the South America Cup and World Cup under coach Alex Rossi… Was ranked as high as 750th in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings and 550th in doubles rankings.

Personal: Born Maria Belen Ludueña Giacaman in Curico, Chile… Frequently goes by “Belen” among teammates and coaches…Parents are Carmen Giacaman and Jose Ludueña… Has three siblings: Cristina, Mauricio and Jorge… Is majoring in economics.