Jayhawks Topple West Virginia, 4-1

#34 Kansas 4, West Virginia 0
Ridgeview Racquet Club
April 8, 2016
No. 1 –  Nina Khmelnitckaia/Janet Koch (KU) def. Habiba Shaker/Kaja Mrgole (WVU) 6-2
No. 2 – Smith Hinton/Anastasiya Rychagova (KU) def. Lyn Yuen Choo/Paula Goetz (WVU) 6-3
No. 3 – Yvon Martinez/Carolina Lewis (WVU) def. (KU) Forfeit 
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
No. 1 – Anastasiya Rychagova (KU) def. Habiba Shaker (WVU) 6-3, 7-5
No. 2 –  Smith Hinton (KU) def. Carolina Lewis (WVU) 7-6 (11), 6-3
No. 3 – Janet Koch (KU) vs. Paula Goetz (WVU) 6-3, 6-6 unfinished
No. 4 – Nina Khmelnitckaia (KU) def. Lyn Yuen Choo (WVU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 – Kaja Mrgole (WVU) vs. Maria Jose Cardona (KU) 5-2 unfinished
No. 6 – Yvon Martinez (WVU) def. (KU) Forfeit
Order of Finish: 6,4,1,2

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Kansas remains undefeated all-time against West Virginia as the Jayhawks defeated the Mountaineers, 4-1, in Morgantown on Friday afternoon. KU is now, 4-0, in the all-time series against the Mountaineers, 13-5, overall on the season, and 3-2 in Big 12 play in 2016.

To open the match, the Jayhawks defeated the Mountaineers in doubles play to go up, 1-0. Due to an illness, senior Maria Jose Cardona and sophomore Summer Collins forfeited their match against WVU’s Yvon Martinez and Carolina Lewis on court three.

Regardless of opening doubles already down a court, Kansas outdid West Virginia on courts one and two to secure the doubles point. Freshman Anastasiya Rychagova and sophomore Smith Hinton defeated Lyn Yuen Choo and Paula Goetz, 6-3, on court two. The duo of Rychagova and Hinton is now, 17-1, on the 2016 season. 

On court one, freshmen Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch officially captured the doubles point for the Jayhawks by winning, 6-2, over WVU’s Habiba Shaker and Kaja Mrgole.

In singles play, the Jayhawks continued their momentum with three consecutive wins on courts four, one and two. Khmelnitckaia brought the Jayhawks up to 2-0 overall by quickly defeating Yuen Choo on court four, 6-0, 6-2. On court one, Rychagova secured the win over Shaker, 6-3, 7-5. Finalizing the match as a win for KU was Hinton on court two, who clinched the match with a, 7-6 (11), 6-3, victory against WVU’s Lewis.

West Virginia was credited with a win on court six as Collins forfeited to WVU’s Martinez due to illness, making the final margin, 4-1, in in Kansas’ favor. 

“I thought we competed well today and the girls stepped up with us playing shorthanded,” said Kansas head coach Todd Chapman. “I was proud of our effort and mindset and now we turn out sights to Iowa State on Sunday.”

The Jayhawks will stay on the road as they will travel to Ames, Iowa for a match at Iowa State on Sunday, April 10. The dual against the Cyclones will begin at 12 p.m.

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