Kansas defeats Clemson on day one of ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Anastasia Rychagova fights for a 7-5, 7-5 No. 1 singles win.
Kansas 4, Clemson 1
Currey Tennis Center
January 27, 2017
|No. 1||Khmelnitckaia/Bernard-Feigenbaum (KU) def. #44 Broomfield/Leduc (CU) 6-1|
|No. 2||Koch/Rychagova (KU) vs. Navarro/Riley (CU) 6-1|
|No. 3||Toran Ribes/Nikolaeva (KU) vs. Ruiz/Gorches (CU) DNF 3-5|
Order of Finish: 1, 2
|No. 1||#65 Rychagova (KU) def. #40 Broomfield (CU) 7-5, 7-5|
|No. 2||#84 Leduc (CU) def. Koch (KU) 6-1, 6-2|
|No. 3||Bernard-Feigenbaum (KU) def. Navarro (CU) 6-4, 6-3|
|No. 4||Khmelnitckaia (KU) def. Riley (CU) 0-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0)|
|No. 5||Toran Ribes (KU) vs. Gorches (CU) DNF 6-7(4-7), 6-3, 1-3|
|No. 6||Nikolaeva (KU) vs. Miller-Krasilnikov (CU) DNF 5-5|
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1, 4
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kansas sophomore Nina Khmelnitckaia posted a huge comeback to seal a 4-1 win over Clemson on the first day of ITA Kick-Off Weekend Friday at the Currey Tennis Center.
After dropping her first set 6-0, Khmelnitckaia came back to win the match at No. 4 singles against Sydney Riley, 0-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0). No. 65 Anastasia Rychagova prevailed at No. 1 singles in a tough match against No. 40-ranked Ayan Broomfield topping the Tiger, 7-5, 7-5.
“I loved how both Nastia (Rychagova) and Nina attacked the pressure situations with their style of play,” said head coach Todd Chapman. “We talk a lot about playing the big points on our terms and I like they did that (Friday).”
Khmelnitckaia and Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum teamed up to make quick work of the No. 44-ranked doubles team of Ayan Broomfield and Marie Leduc winning 6-1. Rychagova and Janet Koch followed suit, defeating Fernanda Navarro and Sydney Riley, 6-1, to earn Kansas the doubles point.
“(Friday) was a really tough battle,” said Chapman. “I thought Clemson competed hard and forced us to step up and win some big points. We started out really well in doubles by being the aggressor and that helped us set the tone for the match.
“It is always great to be tested this early in the season and the team did a great job responding in adverse situations. We look forward to a tough match (Saturday) and another opportunity to improve.”
At No. 3 singles, Bernard-Feigenbaum beat Fernanda Navarro, 6-4, 6-3. Koch was not able to top No. 84 Marie Leduc and dropped her match, 6-1, 6-2.
The Jayhawks will face the advancing team from the afternoon match between the host, No. 9 Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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