No. 23 Kansas Tennis Continues Tough Stretch, Hosts No. 50 SMU, No. 58 Denver

Match 9: #23 Kansas vs. #50 SMU
Time 2 p.m.
Date March 4
Location Lawrence, Kan.
Facility Jayhawk Tennis Center
Series KU leads 2-1
Notes Kansas
Stats Live Scoring 
Social @KansasTennis
Match 10: #23 Kansas vs. #58 Denver
Time 12 p.m.
Date March 6
Location Lawrence, Kan.
Facility Jayhawk Tennis Center
Series Denver leads 3-2
Notes Kansas
Stats Live Scoring
Social @KansasTennis

THE BASELINE
Kansas will take on its fifth ranked opponent on the season when it plays host to No. 50 SMU on Friday, March 4, Kansas and SMU will do battle at 2 p.m., at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. The Jayhawks will return to JTC for a Sunday match against No. 58 Denver on Sunday, March 6 at 12 p.m. The 23rd-ranked Jayhawks enter this weekend’s matches against SMU and Denver with a 7-1 mark after splitting a pair of matches with then-21st-ranked Wichita State (L, 2-5) and 46th-rated New Mexico (W, 7-0). 
 
THE SERIES: KANSAS vs. SMU
Kansas (7-1, 0-0 Big 12) leads the all-time series with SMU (8-1, 1-0 AAC), 2-1. The last match-up between the two schools was in 2015 when the Mustangs narrowly topped the Jayhawks, 4-3, in Dallas.
 
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
SMU boasts two 2016 American Athletic Conference Female Tennis Players of the Week in Hristina Dishkova and Dasha Sharapova. Dishkova was given the honor on Feb. 2 after the Mustangs’ first week of play where she won all of her singles and doubles matches. Sharapova was named AAC Female Player of the Week on Feb. 16 after winning all three of her singles matches against Northwestern State, Nevada and clinching the SMU win over then No. 36 Oklahoma.
 
THE SERIES: KANSAS vs. DENVER
Denver (9-2, 0-0 Summit) leads the all-time series with Kansas (7-1, 0-0 Big 12), 3-2. The last match-up between the two schools was in 2015 when the Pioneers topped the Jayhawks, 6-1, in Denver.
 
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
The Pioneers currently sit at No. 58 in the ITA national rankings (up from No. 63, out of over 300+ Division I programs). Individually, sophomore Julia O’Loughlin jumped three spots to No. 86 in the Oracle/ITA Division I Women’s Singles Rankings. With only two losses on the season (versus the 2015 NCAA Champion Vanderbilt Commodores and current No. 46 New Mexico Lobos), Denver is looking to pick up a win over the ranked Jayhawks.
 
UP NEXT
The Jayhawks will play the final match of a seven-match homestand when they welcome Baylor to the Lawrence on Wednesday, March 9. The match against the Lady Bears will serve as KU’s 2016 Big 12 Conference opener.
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