Jayhawks send four to ITA All-American again

LAWRENCE, Kan. – For the first time since 1996, Kansas tennis has had a singles player named to the main draw of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship. Senior Anastasia Rychagova, currently ranked the No. 6 singles player in the country, is among the 23 players in the singles main draw of the tournament, set for Oct. 4-7, it was announced Tuesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

In addition, the Jayhawks have a doubles team in the main draw of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship for the first time in seven years, as seniors Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch were one of 19 duos who earned an automatic bid to the prestigious event after their successful run playing together on the summer circuit.

Heading into his fifth year at the helm of the Kansas tennis program, this marks the second time that head coach Todd Chapman has sent four players to the event.

“We are excited, as a program, to have four players invited to the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championship,” Chapman said. “This is one of the top tournaments in the country each year and only the top collegiate players get invited. We are happy for our three seniors to get this opportunity and it is exciting to get Sonia in as a freshman. I know that our players are excited for the opportunity, ready to get there and have the chance to compete against the best players in college tennis.”
Pre-qualifying runs Sept. 29-30, where Khmelnitckaia (No. 106) and Koch (No. 124) are both set to compete individually as they will look to move on to the qualifying round, Oct. 2-3.
Freshman Sonia Smagina will pair up with Rychagova in the doubles qualifying round at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, California.




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