Jayhawks Dominate New Mexico State, 4-0
|Kansas 4, New Mexico State 0
Fertitta Tennis Complex
Feb. 7, 2015
|No. 1 – Maria Jose Cardona/Maria Belen Luduena (Kansas) vs. Susana Alcaraz/Erika Castillo Lopez (New Mexico St.), 4-4|
|No. 2- Madison Harrison/Smith Hinton (Kansas) def. Ashvarya Shrivastava/Rimpledeep Kaur (New Mexico St.), 6-2|
|No. 3 – Summer Collins/Alexis Czapinski def. Mia Brandt/Chloe Jolliff (New Mexico St.), 6-1|
|Order of Finish: 3, 2|
|No. 1 – Maria Jose Cardona (Kansas) vs. Ashvarya Shrivastava (New Mexico St.) 4-6, 1-3 DNF|
|No. 2 – Maria Belen Luduena (Kansas) def. Rimpledeep Kaur (New Mexico St.) 6-0, 6-3|
|No. 3 – Madison Harrison (Kansas) def. Susana Alcaraz (New Mexico St.) 6-2, 6-2|
|No. 4 – Smith Hinton (Kansas) def. Erika Castillo Lopez (New Mexico St.) 6-1, 6-1|
|No. 5 – Summer Collins (Kansas) vs. Mia Brandt (New Mexico St.) 4-6, 3-1 DNF|
|No. 6 – Lauren Pickens (Kansas) vs. Chloe Jolliff (New Mexico St.) 7-5, 0-1 DNF|
|Order of Finish: 4,2,3|
Las Vegas, Nev. – Kansas women’s tennis was dominant Saturday afternoon, getting in the win column by taking a 4-0 victory over New Mexico State at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV. Senior Maria Belen Luduena led the charge, but had lots of help from KU’s freshmen in guiding the Jayhawks to their first win of the dual-match season.
“It feels good to get our first win,” said Kansas head coach Todd Chapman. “We came out with great energy at two and three doubles, and played really, really good tennis there. And then in singles I thought Belen (Maria Belen Luduena), Smith (Hinton) and Madison (Harrison) did just a fantastic job coming out and establishing momentum really early in the first set and never looked back.”
The Jayhawks jumped out quickly in doubles play as freshmen Summer Collins and Alexis Czapinski, who was seeing her first dual-match action of the season, quickly took care of New Mexico State’s Mia Brandt and Chloe Jolliff, 6-1, on court three.
A second pair of KU rookies then captured the doubles point for the Jayhawks as Madison Harrison and Smith Hinton defeated NMSU’s Ashvarya Shrivastava and Rimpledeep Kaur, 6-2. Court one, which featured KU junior Maria Jose Cardona and Luduena against New Mexico State’s Susana Alcaraz and Erika Castillo Lopez, was tied at 4-4 when play was stopped by Kansas taking the point.
Hinton stayed sharp as she hit the singles court. The Raleigh, North Carolina native cruised to a 6-1 first set win over NMSU’s Erika Castillo Lopez. Hinton finished off Castillo Lopez by taking the second set with the same 6-1 tally.
Luduena was the next Jayhawk to score a point as she turned in a 6-0, 6-3 win over New Mexico State’s Kaur on court two. Harrison sealed the shutout win for KU as she defeated NMSU’s Alcaraz by the score of 6-2, 6-2 on court three. The wins by Harrison and Hinton in singles had the two freshmen have their hand in three of the Jayhawks’ four points on the day.
“Momentum was the key; after playing a tough match physically yesterday it was good for us to get out here and get the win quickly and save our bodies for tomorrow,” said Chapman. “We have a tough Pacific team to play tomorrow and it’s going to be one of those matches where we have to be ready to play.”
KU will return to action at the Fertitta Tennis Complex Sunday for its final match in Las Vegas when it takes on Pacific. First serve is scheduled for noon.
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