Jayhawks Top Iowa, 4-1
|Kansas 4, Iowa 1
Jayhawk Tennis Center
March 2, 2015
|No. 1 – Maria Jose Cardona/Maria Belen Luduena (KU) def. Shelby Talcott/Anastasia Reimchen (IOWA) 6-3|
|No. 2- Madison Harrison/Smith Hinton (KU) vs. Annette Dohanics/Morven McCulloch (IOWA) 5-4 unfinished|
|No. 3 – Alexis Czapinski/Summer Collins (KU) def. Katie Zordani/Zoe Douglas (IOWA) 6-2|
|Order of Finish: 3,1|
|No. 1 – Shelby Talcott (IOWA) def. Maria Jose Cardona (KU) 6-3, 6-2|
|No. 2 – Maria Belen Luduena (KU) def. Morven McCulloch (IOWA) 6-2, 7-6|
|No. 3 – Smith Hinton (KU) def. Anastasia Reimchen (IOWA) 6-1, 6-2|
|No. 4 – Madison Harrison (KU) def. Annette Dohanics (IOWA) 7-5, 6-2|
|No. 5 – Rachel McNeely (KU) vs. Katie Zordani (IOWA) 6-4, 5-5 unfinished|
|No. 6 – Alexis Czapinski (KU) vs. Ellen Silver (IOWA) 1-2 unfinished|
|Order of Finish: 1,3,4,2|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s tennis got off to a fast start against Iowa and never looked back, handing the Hawkeyes a 4-1 loss at the Jayhawk Tennis Center Monday afternoon.
“The biggest thing we’ve been working on the past week and a half is discipline in certain situations and not getting frustrated in long points, but also looking for opportunities to be aggressive, said KU head coach Todd Chapman. “I thought we did a really good job of that today.”
Freshmen Summer Collins and Alexis Czapinski got things rolling for KU as they sprinted to a 6-2 win over Iowa’s Katie Zordani and Zoe Douglas on court three. They were quickly followed by junior Maria Jose Cardona and senior Maria Belen Luduena, who posted a 6-3 win over Iowa’s Shelby Talcott and Anastasia Reimchen on court one.
Iowa tied the score up at 1-1 as Talcott defeated Cardona, 6-3, 6-2, on singles court one, but that was the only scoring for the Hawkeyes on the day. Freshman Smith Hinton quickly put the Jayhawks back in the lead as she dominated Reimchen of Iowa, 6-1, 6-2, on court three. Hinton was playing in the number three slot for KU for the first time on the season.
Freshman Madison Harrison extended KU’s lead to 3-1 with her 7-5, 6-2 win over Iowa’s Annette Dohanics on court four. Luduena capped off the win for Kansas as she bested Iowa’s Morven McCulloch, 6-2, 7-6, on court two.
Freshman Rachel McNeely was in the lead on court five when the match was halted to do the Jayhawks posting the win. McNeely was up 6-4, 5-5 over Iowa’s Zordani, while Czapinski was trailing Iowa’s Ellen Silver, 1-2, in the early part of the match on court six.
“I think winning this was big as we are getting ready for our first Big 12 match in a few weeks,” said Chapman. “The last eight or nine days we’ve had to sit on a couple losses that we weren’t that excited about, but the next 11 days we really want to keep the momentum going.”
Kansas will return to action on Friday, March 13 when it plays host to Texas Tech to open Big 12 Conference play. The Jayhawks and Red Raiders will hit the courts at 3:30 p.m., at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
“We get to start conference play at home and we’re excited about it,” said Chapman.
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