Kansas Tops Tulane, 4-1

#24 Kansas 4, No. 72 Tulane 1
John E. Hoff Tennis Courts
March 12, 2016
No. 1 –  Nina Khmelnitckaia/Janet Koch (KU) def. Sade Atkinson/Ipek Birol (TU) 7-6 (1)
No. 2 – Maria Jose Cardona/Summer Collins (KU) vs. Elena Muller/Naz Karagoz (TU) 6-5 unfinished
No. 3 – Smith Hinton/Anastasiya Rychagova (KU) def. Kyla Klier/Jacqui Katz (TU) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,1
No. 1 – Anastasiya Rychagova (KU) vs. Ipek Birol (TU) 6-7 (6), 3-1 unfinished
No. 2 – Smith Hinton (KU) vs. Kyla Klier (TU) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 unfinished 
No. 3 – Janet Koch (KU) def. Naz Karagoz (TU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 –  Nina Khmelnitckaia (KU) def. Elena Muller (TU) 6-3 7-6 (5)
No. 5 – Jacqui Katz (TU) def. Summer Collins (KU) 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 – Maria Jose Cardona (KU) def. Meredith Maltby (TU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,6,5,4

HOUSTON — No. 24 Kansas won its third-straight match away from the friendly confines of the Jayhawk Tennis Center as it defeated Tulane, 4-1, against in Houston on Saturday morning. The win brings the Jayhawks up to double digit wins, 10-2, while Tulane dropped 3-11 on he year. 

“Today was both a mental and physical battle,” Kansas head coach Todd Chapman said. “Tulane played us tough and we had to find ways to win without playing our best tennis. We have to recover quickly and get ready for Houston tomorrow.”

The Jayhawks started off the day by fighting for the doubles point. On court three, freshman Anastasiya Rychagova and sophomore Smith Hinton got the first win of dual, 6-1, against Tulane’s Jacqui Katz and Kyla Klier. After coming back from being down, 5-2, freshmen Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch took the doubles point for the Jayhawks by defeating TU’s Sade Atkinson and Ipek Birol, 7-6.

In singles play, Kansas won three courts in straight-sets. First to finish was Koch on court three with a, 6-2, 6-4, win against Naz Karagoz. Senior Maria Jose Cardona brought the Jayhawks up to a 3-0 lead over  Tulane by defeating Meredith Maltby, 6-3, 6-4, on court six.

Tulane responded with a 7-5, 6-2, win from Katz on court four against KU’s Collins. Finishing close behind in a back and forth match, Khmelnitckaia bested Tulane’s Elena Muller, 6-3, 7-6, sealing the win for the Jayhawks, 4-1. 

Up Next
KU will remain in Houston to take on the host Cougars on Sunday, March 13 at 12 p.m. The Jayhawks will then return home to face their second Big 12 opponent, Texas, at the Jayhawk Tennis Center on Friday, March 18 at 4 p.m.

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