No. 19 Kansas claims first series win over No. 22 TCU
Anastasia Rychagova and Maria Toran Ribes celebrate after winning the doubles point for Kansas.
No. 19 Kansas 4, No. 22 TCU 1
Jayhawk Tennis Center
March 10, 2017
|No. 1||#51 Aranktekin/Garrido-Rivas (TCU) def. #50 Bernard-Feigenbaum/Khmelnitckaia (KU), 6-4|
|No. 2||Koch/Nikolaeva (KU) def. Wegner/Bashota (TCU), 6-3|
|No. 3||Ribes/Rychagova (KU) def. Kadzhaya/ Tedford (TCU), 7-5|
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
|No. 1||#74 Rychagova (KU) vs. #60 Arantekin (TCU) 7-5, 6-5 DNF|
|No. 2||Bernard-Feigenbaum (KU) def. Bashota (TCU) 2-6, 6-0, 6-4|
|No. 3||Garrido-Rivas (TCU) def. Koch (KU) 6-4, 6-2|
|No. 4||Khmelnitckaia (KU) def. Kadzhaya (TCU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4|
|No. 5||Toran Ribes (KU) vs. Wegner (TCU) 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 2-1 DNF|
|No. 6||Nikolaeva (KU) def. Pereira (TCU), 6-4, 7-5|
Lawrence, Kan. – Senior Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum battled hard in a three-set match to give No. 19 Kansas its first ever win over No. 22 TCU with a 4-1 victory in the Big 12 Conference opener inside the Jayhawk Tennis Center Friday night.
With the win, KU improves to 7-3 on the season and 1-0 in Big 12 play, while TCU fell to 7-5 and 0-1, respectively.
Playing at the No. 2 spot for the third match in a row, Bernard-Feigenbaum downed Donika Bashota. After dropping the first set, the senior dominated the second and fought hard in the third to clinch the Jayhawks’ match victory, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4. At No. 4 singles, Nina Khmelnitckaia also came back in a three-set match, defeating TCU’s Sofiko Kadzhaya, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
“I talked to her (Bernard-Feigenbaum) and Nina both after losing the first set,” said head coach Todd Chapman. “Neither of them played the way they wanted to. I thought they both responded and I think that’s what we did all day.”
Janet Koch and Tatiana Nikolaeva paired up at No. 2 doubles for their first win of the season against Caroline Wegner and Bashota, 6-3. At the No. 3 spot, with the doubles point on the line, Anastasia Rychagova and Maria Toran Ribes cruised in the final set to earn a 7-5 win over Kadzhaya and Madison Tedford, to move their doubles record to 4-0.
“No. 2 doubles has practiced really well the last two weeks and it was good to see that pay off,” said Chapman. “At No. 3 doubles, I think we were a little nervous early on and once we controlled the nerves, it allowed us to play better.”
Nikolaeva earned her fourth win of the spring season at the No. 6 spot after topping the Horned Frogs’ Alexis Pererira in a tough two-setter, 6-4, 7-5.
No. 74-ranked Rychagova went back and forth with No. 60 Arantekin at No. 1 singles, playing on the court adjacent to Bernard-Feigenbaum’s match. Although Bernard-Feigenbaum ended the match with her win at No. 2 singles, Rychagova was on the cusp of winning her match as she was up, 7-5, 6-5 and leading 30-15 when Kansas was declared the winner.
Up next, the No. 19 Jayhawks will host No. 6 Texas Tech at 12 p.m., on Sunday, March 12 at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
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