The Streak Continues: Jayhawks Sweep Eastern Michigan, UMKC
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s tennis stretched its season-opening streak to 5-0 after sweeping a pair of home matches against Eastern Michigan and UMKC, Sunday in the Jayhawk Tennis Center. It is the second time in 20 years that KU has opened its season with a five-match run, or better.
The Jayhawks defeated Eastern Michigan, 4-3, and UMKC, 6-1.
Kansas (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) extended its series lead over EMU (6-3, 0-0 MAC) and UMKC (3-3, 0-0 Summit League) to 2-0 and 8-0, respectively.
Kansas opened the double-header against Eastern Michigan. The Eagles took control of the doubles matches at the beginning, but the Jayhawks found a way to bounce back. The doubles duo of Maria Jose Cardona and Maria Belen Ludueña were the first to seal the deal with a win in the second court against EMU’s Diana Davitaia and Maria Paula Ribero with a 6-1 victory. Dreyer and Morgan Barnhill struck next, downing the Eagle pair of Mariya Toncheva and Zsofia Biro (6-4). Kansas’ final doubles win came from court one where Dylan Windom and Paulina Los defeated Supejova and Mebuke, 6-4. With a win on all three courts, Kansas claimed the doubles point.
In the singles, Kansas and Eastern Michigan split the competition, as both the Eagles and Jayhawks picked up three wins a piece. Windom stepped out against EMU with fever, winning her first set against Davitaia, 6-0. Davitaia retaliated, taking Windom 6-0 in the second set. In the super tiebreaker, Windom won 10-8, to give the Jayhawks a 2-0 lead. Court three finished next, as Ludueña defeated Mebuke (6-4, 6-3) and Dreyer on court five downed Daphne Friedrichs (6-4, 6-0) to put KU ahead, 4-0. Eastern Michigan refused to go down without a fight as its three points came from the final three matches. Toncheva grabbed the Eagle’s first point of the match with a 6-3, 0-6 (10-4) victory over No. 4 Los. Supejova defeated Cardona, 7-5, 6-3 on court one and Ribero topped Barnhill, 7-6, 7-6, at the No. 6 position.
The Jayhawks enjoyed a two-hour break before getting back on the court to continue match action against University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Jayhawks swept the doubles competition. On court two, Cardona and Luduena jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Maddie Schulte and Gaby Pintos before allowing the Roos a point. The duo won the match, 6-1. KU’s second and final win came on court three as Barnhill and Dreyer defeated Mariam Kurasbediani and Amelie Amsallem, 6-1. The match on court one between Windom and Los, and UMKC’s Dimitra Stavrianakou and Linda Ammar Mouhoub was called after the doubles point was won on courts two and three. Kansas has yet to lose a doubles point in the 2014 season.
After procuring the doubles point, KU moved on to the singles competition. Dreyer, on court five, chalked up the first singles win over the Roos in perfect form, topping Mariam Kurasbediani 6-0, 6-0. Combined with Ludueña’s 6-1, 6-1 win over Amsallem, KU inched to a 3-0 advantage over UMKC. Cardona’s 6-2, 6-1 win over Raquel Argenal clinched the match and sealed the team’s fifth win in a row for the Jayhawks this season. On the No. 1 court, Windom defeated Stavrianakou (6-4, 6-2) and Los downed Schulte (6-2, 6-1) on court six to put KU ahead, 6-0. Antonella Galeano, a freshman out of Asunción, Paraguay, made her debut as a Jayhawk at No. 6 singles against Pintos. Pintos shot out ahead of Galeano quickly in the Pro-Style match of eight sets. Pintos was up on Galeano, 6-1 when the freshman found her form and came back to tie Pintos, 6-6. In the end, Pintos was able to pull ahead forcing the 8-7 match into a tiebreaker where Galeano fell, 7-5, making the team match 6-1, favoring Kansas.
Kansas will head out on the road to play the Houston Cougars Friday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. The Jayhawks will return home to play UT-Arlington on Feb. 16 at noon before heading out on the road to play Eastern Kentucky (Feb. 21) and Kentucky (Feb. 22) the following weekend.
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