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
Lawrence, Kan.

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

Order of Finish: 3, 6, 4, 2
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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. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.