Kansas Suffers, 4-1, Loss at TCU

#35 TCU 4, #30 Kansas 1
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Courts
April 1, 2016
No. 1 –  Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU) def. Nina Khmelnitckaia/Janet Koch (KU) 6-2
No. 2 – Maria Jose Cardona/Summer Collins (KU) vs. Marie Norris/Alexis Pereira (TCU) 5-2 unfinished
No. 3 –  Olaya Gerrido-Rivas/Mia King (TCU) def. Smith Hinton/Anastasiya Rychagova (KU) 6-3
Order of Finish: 1,3
No. 1 – Anastasiya Rychagova (KU) def. Marie Norris (TCU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 –  Smith Hinton (KU) vs. Seda Arantekin (TCU) 1-6, 6-3, 0-2 unfinished
No. 3 – Caroline Wegner (TCU) def. Janet Koch (KU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 –  Nina Khmelnitckaia (KU) vs. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU) 2-6, 6-1, 3-3 unfinished
No. 5 – Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) def. Summer Collins (KU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 6 – Alexis Pereira (TCU) def.Maria Jose Cardona (KU) 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,1,6,5

FORT WORTH, Texas — No. 30 Kansas dropped its match at No. 35 TCU, 4-1, Friday evening at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Courts in Fort Worth, Texas. The loss is KU’s first to a Big 12 opponent this season. Kansas now stands, 12-4, on the season and, 2-1, in the Big 12. The win brought the Horned Frogs up to a, 10-2, mark overall and a 2-0 ledger in league action.

“We lost to a good team today,” Kansas head coach Todd Chapman said. “I thought Anastasiya (Rychagova), Smith (Hinton) and Nina (Khmelnitckaia) competed really well in singles. Against a good team, you have to have more than three show up to have a chance to win. We will take from this what we can and get ready for a really strong Texas Tech team.”

For just the third time this season, the Jayhawks lost the doubles point to open the match. KU surrendered the point as TCU’s Seda Arantekin and Caroline Wegner claimed a, 6-2, win on court one over freshmen Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch. On court three, KU freshman Anastasiya Rychagova and sophomore Smith Hinton were tied, 2-2, with Olaya Garrido-Riva and Mia King before falling, 6-3.

In singles play, TCU went up 2-0 as Wegner topped Koch, 6-2, 6-1, on court three. Rychagova claimed the first point for the Jayhawks by only giving up two games to Marie Norris on court one for a final score of 6-1, 6-1. 

TCU went on to claim the win after Alexis Pereira topped senior Maria Jose Cardona, 6-3, 6-1, on court six, and Aleksandra Zenovka bested sophomore Summer Collins, 7-5, 6-1, on court five.

Both Khmelnitckaia and Hinton were battling on their singles courts when the match was finalized. Khmelnitckaia dropped her first set, 6-2, to Garrido-Rivas, before coming back for a 6-1 win in the second set. Khmelnitckaia and Garrido-Rivas were knotted at 3-3 in the third set when the match was called. Hinton also came back from down a set as she was trailing Arantekin, 1-6, 6-3, 0-2 in the third set when TCU picked up the win. 

Up Next
Kansas will stay in the state of Texas to face Texas Tech in Lubbock at 12 p.m. on Sunday.

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