Career Honors: 2017: Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team.
Spring 2018 (Sophomore): Went 15-13 overall in singles, including 7-6 in dual matches at the No. 5 and 6 spots … Ended her sophomore campaign with a 15-18 doubles record … Paired with Nina Khmelnitckaia for a 5-8 overall record, with a dual mark of 3-7 at the No. 1 position … Earned a career-high win against a ranked opponent March 23 after defeating Texas Tech’s No. 8-ranked Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici … Climbed to a No. 76 doubles ranking with Khmelnitckaia, a career-best for Nikolaeva … Contributed to the team’s first NCAA Tournament win in 19 years with a singles win on court five.
Fall 2017 (Sophomore): Ended with a 5-7 singles record and a 9-5 doubles mark … Paired with Despoina Vogasari to go 5-3, including a 1-1 record against ranked opponents … Won four-consecutive matches with Vogasari before falling in the semifinals of the ITA Central Regional … Teamed up with Amber Policare for a 2-1 mark … Also competed with Nina Khmelnitckaia to go 2-1 … Participated at the Rice Invitational, ITA Central Regional, Kansas Invitational and LSU Invitational.
Spring 2017 (Freshman): Totaled an overall singles record of 20-14 during her freshman season, including an 11-8 spring record, seeing time at both the No. 5 and 6 spots … Named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team … Moved to the No. 5 spot in April and posted a 3-2 mark with four matches going unfinished … Teamed up with Maria Toran Ribes, Janet Koch and Anastasia Rychagova to post an overall doubles record of 17-10, including an 8-4 spring mark … Began the spring paired with Toran Ribes to tally a 5-2 record … Moved up to the No. 2 spot in February to compete with Koch where the duo posted a 3-2 record … Contributed to the team’s second-consecutive NCAA Championship invitation with a win on court five for KU.
Fall 2016 (Freshman): Tallied a 9-6 mark in singles play with a 2-1 record against Big 12 competition … Opened the season with four-straight wins at the Little Rock Invitational and earned the title of Co-Champion of Flight C Singles with Maria Toran Ribes … Paired with Toran Ribes, Janet Koch and Anastasia Rychagova to post a 9-6 doubles record … Competed at the Little Rock Invitational, ITA Central Regional, Roberta Alison Fall Classic and Notre Dame Fall Invitational.
High School: Spent much of her juniors career at the top of the tennis rankings in her native Russia … Rated No. 5 in the Under 12 rankings in 2011, No. 8 in the Under 14 rankings in 2013 and No. 13 in the Under 16 rankings in 2015 … Ranked as high as No. 264 in the ITF World Junior Rankings … Won the Championship of Russia in singles in 2011 and finished in second place in doubles that same year … Runner-up in both singles and doubles at the same event in 2013 … Took home the doubles title at the ITF Grade 3 Siberian Cup in 2014 and ITF Grade 4 TSZ Cup in 2015 and the singles title at the ITF Grade 5 Green Cup in 2014.
Personal: Daughter of Iurii and Tatiana Nikolaeva … Nicknamed “Tanya” … Majoring in business management.
|Career Highs (as of May 21, 2018)|
|Highest Ranked Win|
|Record vs. Ranked Individuals||0-4|
|Most Singles Wins in a Season||20||2016-17|
|Most Singles Wins in a Season (Dual Play)||9||2016-17|
|Most Doubles Wins in a Season||17||2016-17|
|Most Doubles Wins in a Season (Dual Play)||6||2017-18|
|Longest Singles Win Streak||6||2016-17|
|Longest Doubles Win Streak||6||2016-17|
|Highest National Ranking in Singles|
|Highest National Ranking in Doubles||76||04.17.18|
|Highest Position Played Singles/Doubles||5/1|