Kansas gears up for qualifying rounds after doubles loss
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Kansas doubles duo of Anastasia Rychagova and Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum fell short on the second day of the 2016 Riviera ITA Women’s All-American Championships and were eliminated from the pre-qualifying doubles bracket.
After a win on the first day, Rychagova and Bernard-Feigenbaum dropped a tough match to Caroline Brinson and Kennedy Shaffer of Georgia, 8-4. The Jayhawk tandem pushed the No. 3 overall seed in the bracket, but came up short in three critical deuce games.
“I am glad we played an aggressive team (Sunday) who brought a lot of competitive fire,” said assistant coach Caroline Lilley. “We earned a lot of opportunities and although we didn’t capitalize on all of them, we recognize the windows and will work on continuing to apply consistent pressure by moving forward to take advantage of those same opportunities later this year.
“We did a good job of responding today andcontinuing to fight even when things weren’t going our way,” said Lilley. “Our best tennis is ahead of us as we continue to focus on the process of incremental daily improvements.”
The Jayhawks will resume play on Tuesday, October 4 with the qualifying rounds in both singles and doubles. Kansas earned two automatic bids with Rychagova in singles and Janet Koch and Nina Khmelnitckaia in doubles.
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