No. 21 Kansas downs West Virginia, 4-0
Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum helped lead KU to a convincing 4-0 win over West Virginia.
No. 21 Kansas 4, West Virginia 0
Jayhawk Tennis Center
March 24, 2017
|No. 1||#55 Khmelnitckaia/Bernard-Feigenbaum (KU) vs. Mrgole/Jordan (WVU) 6-1|
|No. 2||Koch/Nikolaeva (KU) def. Shaker/Duran (WVU) DNF 3-3|
|No. 3||Rychagova/Toran Ribes (KU) def. Goetz/Choo (WVU) 6-1|
Order of Finish: 1,3
|No. 1||#60 Rychagova (KU) def. Shaker (WVU) 6-1, 6-0|
|No. 20||#122 Bernard-Feigenbaum (KU) def. Mrgole (WVU) 6-1, 6-1|
|No. 3||Koch (KU) vs. Goetz (WVU) DNF 6-3, 3-3|
|No. 4||Jordan (WVU) vs. Khmelnitckaia (KU) DNF 6-4, 5-2|
|No. 5||Toran Ribes (KU) vs. Choo (WVU) DNF 6-3, 2-6, 0-1|
|No. 6||Nikolaeva (KU) def. Duran (WVU) 6-0, 6-4|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Behind No. 60 Anastasia Rychagova’s dominating singles win at the No. 1 spot, Kansas made quick work of West Virginia, 4-0, Friday evening at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Rychagova, who’s in her second season as a Jayhawk, was the first to finish her singles match, topping Habiba Shaker, 6-1, 6-0, and improved to 10-2 in spring play and 21-6 overall. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum finished with an equally as dominating performance, defeating Kaja Mrgole, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot. The senior moved to 11-3 in spring play and 20-7 overall and has now won six-consecutive matches.
“I thought we played a good doubles point,” said head coach Todd Chapman. “We jumped on West Virginia early at No. 1 and No. 3 and never let up. In singles, I thought Nastia (Rychagova) and Tess did a great job competing throughout their matches and they both played relentless tennis.”
Kansas (10-4, 2-1) got off to a quick start over the Mountaineers (4-8, 0-2) after winning back-to-back doubles matches and never looked back. The tandem of Bernard-Feigenbaum and sophomore Nina Khmelnitckaia, ranked No. 55 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, downed Kaja Mrgole and Christina Jordan, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot. Seconds after, on court three, Rychagova and freshman Maria Toran Ribes won their match against Paula Goetz and Lyn Yuen Choo, 6-1, to give Kansas the doubles point. With the victory, the duo improved to a perfect 7-0 dual play record.
“Credit to West Virginia,” said Chapman. “At the other four spots they put us in some difficult positions. We have to expect teams to respond after doubles and after we win first sets, and I don’t think we did our best at that at several positions. We will now start preparing for Iowa State on Sunday.”
Freshman Tatiana Nikolaeva won the match-clincher after coming back from a 4-0 deficit in her second set. Nikolaeva won six-straight games to top Sofia Duran at the No. 6 spot, 6-0, 6-4, marking her second-straight win.
The Jayhawks will host Iowa State at 12 p.m., Sunday, March 26. Weather permitting, the match will take place outside at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
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