Jayhawks head to Maui for final tuneup

LAWRENCE, Kan. – With the standard dual-match spring season just two weeks away, reigning Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year Anastasia Rychagova and the Kansas tennis team will be in Maui, Hawai’i for the week to practice and compete in the Hawaii Spring Invitational, as a final preparation for the spring season.
 
“It is great to have the girls back together as a group and to start working hard on our goals for this spring,” KU head coach Todd Chapman said. “I think this tournament provides us the opportunity to restart the process of the team’s development. Our goal is to get a few days of solid, productive practice in and then have three days of competitive tournament play to end our stay in Hawai’i.”
 
After a couple of days of practice, the Jayhawks will compete against host Hawai’i and Washington State in the three-day event starting Thursday at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch in Lahaina, Maui. Hawai’i sophomore Marina Hruba was ranked No. 100 in the 2016 Oracle ITA Division I Women’s National Singles Preseason Rankings, while Washington State finished the 2015-16 campaign ranked No. 68 nationally.
 
During the fall campaign, Rychagova paced the Jayhawks with an 11-4 singles mark, while newcomers Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Tatiana Nikolaeva each posted nine singles victories. Rychagova and Janet Koch posted the best doubles winning percentage with a 6-1 record during the fall.
 
Matches will start at 11 a.m., local time each day.
 
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