Kansas Falls to Tulsa, 4-2, in Final Non-Conference Match

#28 Tulsa 4, #24 Kansas 2
Michael D. Case Tennis Courts
March 25, 2016
Doubles
No. 1 –  Laskutova/Kuricova (Tulsa) def. Nina Khmelnitckaia/Janet Koch (KU) 6-2
No. 2 – Maria Jose Cardona/Summer Collins (KU) def. Leenabanchong/Matoula (Tulsa) 6-4
No. 3 – Smith Hinton/Anastasiya Rychagova (KU) def. Saarteinen/Dadireddy (Tulsa) 7-5
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
Singles
No. 1 – Anastasiya Rychagova (KU) def.  Saana Saarteinen (Tulsa) 6-0, 7-5
No. 2 – Ksenia Laskutova (Tulsa) def. Smith Hinton (KU) 6-3, 6-3 
No. 3 – Janet Koch (KU) vs. Rongrong Leenabanchong (Tulsa) 7-6, 6-7, 2-1 unfinished
No. 4 –  Marcelina Cichon (Tulsa) def. Nina Khmelnitckaia (KU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 – Renata Kuricova (Tulsa) def. Summer Collins (KU) 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
No. 6 – Martha Matoula (Tulsa) def.Maria Jose Cardona (KU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2,1,6,4,5

TULSA, Okla. — No. 24 Kansas dropped its final non-conference match of the 2016 season, 4-2, at No. 28 Tulsa Friday evening at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. The loss is just KU’s third of the season, bringing its overall mark to 12-3, while Tulsa improved to 16-2.

“Today was a tough match between two solid teams,” Kansas head coach Todd Chapman said. “I thought we just got outplayed down the stretch by a good team. We started slow in the doubles, and then raised our levels at the end. In the singles, I feel like it was the opposite. I thought we started really well, and then let several leads get away from us. Some of that was our own doing, and a lot of it was Tulsa’s response. In the third sets of the three we lost, Tulsa outplayed us and handled the situation better than we did. We have to respond quickly and get back to work and get ready for a tough conference weekend.”

The Jayhawks picked up the first point of the match with wins on courts two and three in doubles. On court one, KU freshmen Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch fell to TU’s Ksenia Laskutova and Renata Kuricova, 6-2. However, Kansas came back with wins on courts two and three to take the doubles point. KU senior Maria Jose Cardona and sophomore Summer Collins won, 6-4, on court two against Tulsa’s Rongrong Leenabanchong and Martha Matoula. Sophomore Smith Hinton and freshman Anastasiya Rychagova remained undefeated on the season at 15-0 as they secured the doubles point for KU by winning, 7-5, over Tulsa’s Saana Saarteinen and Mahitha Dadireddy.

Despite taking a 1-0 lead entering singles play, Kansas could not finish off the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa evened the score at 1-1 with a win cour court two as Laskutova topped Hinton in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-3. KU came right back for a 2-1 lead as Rychagova bested TU’s Saarteinen, 6-0, 7-5, on court one. 

Again, Tulsa evened the match by claiming a win on court 6. TU’s Matoula defeated Cardona, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, to make the team scores 2-2. The Golden Hurricane would go on to pick up wins on courts four and five to finish out the 4-2. On court four Tulsa’s Marcelina Cichon came from behind to knock off KU’s Khmelnitckaia, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, to put TU 3-2. Tulsa’s Kuricova claimed the final win as she beat KU’s Collins, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3, on court five for the final margin. 

Up Next
Kansas will continue its six-match road swing by traveling to Fort Worth, Texas, to face TCU on Friday, April 1. The Jayhawks will stay in the state of Texas for a match at Texas Tech on Sunday, April 3. 

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