Jayhawks set to compete at FGCU Invitational
LAWRENCE, Kan. – With the dual-match spring season just under two weeks away, the Kansas women’s tennis team heads to Fort Myers, Florida to compete at the FGCU Invitational from Saturday to Monday.
“We are really excited to be playing in such a competitive event right away,” said head coach Todd Chapman. “This event consists of four NCAA Tournament teams from last year and will definitely test us mentally and physically. We are looking forward to finding out where we are starting off the spring season. The girls have been working hard this week, so it will be great to see them compete.”
Those four tournament teams include Ole Miss (second round), Rice (first round), Denver (second round) and South Carolina (third round). The Jayhawks, who made a first-round appearance at the NCAA Tournament, will also face the host, Florida Gulf Coast.
KU is paced by its four ranked players who all posted winning singles records during the fall season. No. 1 Anastasia Rychagova went 10-2, including an 8-1 mark against ranked opponents. No. 90 and 94-ranked Janet Koch and Despoina Vogasari, respectively, each ended the fall with a 9-4 mark. While No. 112 Nina Khmelnitckaia finished with a 7-3 record. Rychagova and Khmelnitckaia are also ranked on the doubles list at No. 38 after going 7-2.
Saturday, Kansas will play doubles against the Gamecocks and Rebels, followed by singles matches with Rice. The Jayhawks will play a round of doubles with the host, FGCU, and singles opposite of Ole Miss Sunday. Competition will conclude Monday with Kansas vs. South Carolina singles.
There will be two different scoring methods for doubles. Saturday consists of six-game sets, no add scoring. Sunday will be an eight-game pro set, no add. Singles matches will be played with a full three sets and no add.
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