Kansas Women's Tennis Falls to No. 27 TCU, 4-1
|#27 TCU 4, Kansas 1
Jayhawk Tennis Center
March 15, 2015
|No. 1 – Stefanie Tan/Seda Arantekin (TCU) def. Maria Jose Cardona/Maria Belen Luduena (KU) 6-3|
|No. 2- Madison Harrison/Smith Hinton (KU) def. Palina Dubavets/Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) 6-1|
|No. 3 – Sofiko Kadzhaya/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Alexis Czapinski/Summer Collins (KU) 6-0|
|Order of Finish: 3,2,1|
|No. 1 – Maria Belen Luduena (KU) vs. Stefanie Tan (TCU) 2-6, 4-4 unfinished|
|No. 2 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Maria Jose Cardona (KU) 6-1, 6-0|
|No. 3 – Smith Hinton (KU) vs. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) 6-4, 1-6, 3-1 unfinished|
|No. 4 – Madison Harrison (KU) def. Palina Dubavets (TCU) 6-3, 6-3|
|No. 5 – Seda Arantekin (TCU) def. Rachel McNeely (KU) 6-3, 6-3|
|No. 6 – Alexis Pereira (TCU) def. Summer Collins (KU) 6-3, 6-3|
|Order of Finish: 2,6,4,5|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – After getting out to a slow start, Kansas women’s tennis team was never able to gain momentum back as it dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 27 TCU Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
“We just dug ourselves too many holes today against a good team,” said Kansas head coach Todd Chapman. “I think the fight was there, we definitely played much better in second sets across the board.”
TCU forged an early lead, taking the doubles point by securing victories on courts one and three. Court three was first to finish as the freshmen duo consisting of Summer Collins and Alexis Czapinski took on TCU’s Sofiko Kadzhaya and Simona Parajova. The pair was unable to slow down the Horned Frogs falling 6-0.
Court two was next to finish claiming Kansas’ only doubles victory of the day. Freshmen Smith Hinton and Madison Harrison overpowered TCU duo Aleksandra Zenovka and Palina Dubavets 6-1.
Court one was last to finish as senior Maria Belen Luduena and junior Maria Jose Cardona took on Seda Arantekin and Stefanie Tan. The pair attempted to rally back after falling into a quick 2-1 hole, but eventually fell to the TCU duo 3-6.
TCU once again got out to a quick start, winning the first set on four out of the six courts in singles play. Court two was the first court to finish as Cardona was overpowered by TCU’s Parajova, falling in two sets 6-1, 6-0.
Court six finished second as Collins was unable to overcome a dominant performance by TCU’s Pereira and ultimately fell in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
With Kansas trailing 3-0, Harrison got the Jayhawks on the board as she claimed Kansas’ first singles victory of the afternoon on court four downing TCU’s Dubavets 6-3, 6-3.
“Madison (Harrison) didn’t play the way she expects from herself on Friday against Texas Tech and she definitely responded,” said Chapman. “That was the challenge to her to come out and play to the level that she is capable of and I felt like she did that.”
A loss by freshman, Rachel McNeely ultimately sealed Kansas’ fate as a she dropped a 6-1, 6-3 match to TCU’s Arantekin. The loss ended the match as the Horned Frogs defeated Kansas 4-1.
Kansas will continue its five-match homestand as it returns to action on Friday, March 20. The Jayhawks will play host to Iowa State at the Jayhawk Tennis Center with first serve scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
KUAthletics.com: The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.