No. 23 Kansas falls to No. 21 Wichita State
|#21 Wichita State 5, #23 Kansas 2
Jayhawk Tennis Center
February 26, 2016
|No. 1 – Julia Schiller/Gabriela Porubin (WSU) def. Nina Khmelnitckaia/Janet Koch (KU) 6-1|
|No. 2 – Rebecca Pedrazzi/Aleksandra Trifunovic (WSU) def. Maria Jose Cardona/Summer Collins 7-6|
|No. 3 – Smith Hinton/Anastasiya Rychagova (KU) def Giulia Guidetti/Luca Pump (WSU) 6-4|
|Order of Finish: 1,3,2|
|No. 1 – Gabriela Porubin (WSU) def. Anastasiya Rychagova (KU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|No. 2 – Smith Hinton (KU) def. Julia Schiller (WSU) 6-3, 6-1|
|No. 3 – Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU) def. Janet Koch (KU) 6-7, 6-2, 7-5|
|No. 4 – Nina Khmelnitckaia (KU) def. Aleksandra Trifunovic (WSU) 6-2, 6-3|
|No. 5 – Giulia Guidetti (WSU) def. Summer Collins (KU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4|
|No. 6 – Abby Stevens (WSU) def. Maria Jose Cardona (KU) 6-4, 6-1|
|Order of Finish: 2,4,6,1,5,3|
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Playing four different tie-break matches, No. 23 Kansas was unable to overcome a resilient effort by in-state foe, No. 21 Wichita State, as the Shockers handed the Jayhawks their first loss of the season, 5-2, Friday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
“The combination of playing a really good team, having three weeks off and being put in a lot of tough situations didn’t help us,” Kansas head coach Todd Chapman said. “In the end, we know we need to do some learning in how to be a little more composed and continuing to focus. We realize that it just goes this way sometimes, but we want to focus on the things that we did well and we want to learn from those.”
Kansas (6-1) began the day in doubles play with freshmen Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch losing to Wichita State’s Julia Schiller and Gabriela Porubin, 6-1, on court one. The Jayhawks evened it up, 1-1, when sophomore Smith Hinton and freshman Anastasiya Rychagova beat WSU’s Giulia Guidetti and Luca Pump, 6-4, on court three. On court two, KU’s duo of senior Maria Jose Cardona and freshman Summer Collins were unable to best WSU’s Rebecca Pedrazzi and Aleksandra Trifunovic to secure the point, falling, 7-6, and surrendering the first point to the Shockers (11-3).
In singles play, on court two Hinton made quick work of Schiller by besting her, 6-3, 6-1, to tie up the overall team score at 1-1. Khmelnitckaia followed shortly behind Hinton by defeating Trifunovic, 6-2, 6-3, on court four to bring the Jayhawks up to a 2-1 advantage in team play. On court six, Cardona fell to Shocker Abby Stevens, 6-4, 6-1, tying the score, 2-2. The margin widened to 3-2 in favor of the Shockers as No. 55 Rychagova fell to Porubin after three hard-fought sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, on court one.
The Shockers clinched their victory with a win from Pedrazzi over KU’s Koch on court three. After battling in a tight three-set match, Koch ultimately fell to Pedrazzi, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5. For the final 5-2 margin, WSU’s Guidetti defeated Collins, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, after coming back from down 0-5 in the third set.
“We want to be better Sunday, because of today, and that can only happen if we take this loss and approach it as a learning experience,” Chapman said. “Everyone is disappointed because we had a great opportunity today and we didn’t finish things when we wanted to. We don’t have long to sit and be upset about it because we have to be ready to play another good team on Sunday.”
KU will host New Mexico on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m., in the Jayhawk Tennis Center and then continue its home stand as it hosts SMU (March 4), Denver (March 6) and Baylor (March 9). The team’s next road match will take place on March 12 against Tulane in Houston.
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