Kansas Travels West to Face Pair of Ranked Opponents

Match 8: Kansas at #65 Denver
Time 5 p.m.
Date Feb. 21
Location Denver, Colorado
Arena Colorado Athletic Club-Monaco
Series Series tied 2-2
Notes Kansas
Stats Live Scoring
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Match 9: Kansas at #68 Colorado
Time 1 p.m.
Date Feb. 22
Location Boulder, Colorado
Arena Rocky Mountain Tennis Center
Series Kansas leads, 26-17
Notes Kansas
Stats Live scoring NOT available
Social @KansasTennis

THE BASELINEKansas women’s tennis looks to maintain its momentum when it travels to face ranked opponents No. 65 Denver and No. 68 Colorado this weekend. The Jayhawks are fresh of a thrilling 4-3 win over No. 49 Houston. KU will first take on the Pioneers in Denver on Saturday, Feb. 21 before traveling to Boulder to battle former Big 12 rival Colorado Sunday, Feb. 22. Kansas outlasted No. 49 Houston, 4-3, on Valentine’s Day, marking exactly one year since it last defeated a ranked opponent, the then-No. 66 ranked Cougars, 4-3, in Houston. Kansas will take on Denver at the Colorado Athletic Club-Monaco Saturday at 4 p.m., and Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center in Boulder Sunday at 1 p.m. 
THE SERIES: KANSAS VS. DENVERKansas is tied in the all-time series versus Denver, 2-2. The last match-up between the two programs was in 2013, when they met in Lawrence, Kansas for Kansas’ dual season opener at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. In their last meeting the Jayhawks were able to down the Pioneers 4-3. Kansas was able to sweep Denver in doubles play, but fell into a 2-1 hole in singles. Then-freshman, Maria Jose Cardona was able to seal a Kansas victory by securing a comeback win over Denver’s Caroline Schnell, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERSAfter opening its dual match season with losses to USC and Wichita State, Denver opened its home schedule with an upset victory over No. 55 BYU followed by a win at Wyoming. DU suffered its third loss at the hands of No. 63 New Mexico in its last outing. The Pioneers have yet to lose a doubles point this season and are led by one of their top-performers, freshman, Grace Mboko. The freshman was named the Summit League player of the week for the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2 for her performance in Denver’s upset win over BYU. She along with sophomore, Sonja Radosevic pulled out a 6-3 win in doubles over BYU and then Mboko rallied from behind for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win at the No. 2 singles. Before facing off with the Jayhawks Denver will host Nevada on Feb.20.
THE SERIES: KANSAS VS. COLORADO Kansas leads the all-time series with former Big 12 foe Colorado 26-17. The last time these two teams faced each other was last season when KU ousted Colorado, 4-2, on Feb. 9 at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. The stellar doubles duo of Maria Jose Cardona and Maria Belen Luduena helped Kansas win the doubles point with a 7-5 win over a pair of Colorado players
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOESThe Colorado women’s tennis team boast a 6-1 record with wins over Northern Colorado, Air Force, Kansas State, Colorado State, UMKC and New Mexico. Its only loss was at the hands of then-No. 43 ranked Wichita State. The Buffaloes have collected two wins over ranked opponents this season by beating No. 66 Kansas State and No. 63 New Mexico and are led by doubles pair senior, Ashley Tiefel and junior, Alex Aiello who remain unbeaten at the No. 2 spot this season.
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