Jayhawks Cruise Past Mountaineers, 7-0
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – No. 35 Kansas women’s tennis notched its second Big 12 Conference win, blanking the West Virginia Mountaineers, 7-0, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club Sunday afternoon. It is the first time since 2003 that the Jayhawks have opened conference play with two wins or more.
The win extends Kansas’ (10-3, 2-0 Big 12) series lead over West Virginia (3-10, 0-2 Big 12) to 2-0. In addition, senior Paulina Los pushes her singles win-streak to eight with a win over WVU’s Ikttesh Chahal (7-6 (2), 6-3).
“I thought we did a good job battling adversity today,” said head coach Todd Chapman. “We got off to a really slow start in singles, but fought long enough to change the momentum. It is great to start 2-0 in conference play.”
In doubles, Kansas leapt out first. Senior Claire Dreyer and freshman Morgan Barnhill completed their match first, downing Vivian Tsui and Irinka Toidze (8-3) on court three. Senior Dylan Windom and partner Los followed suit, defeating Kaja Mrgole and Oana Manole, 8-4. With the pair of wins, Kansas won the doubles point. Sophomore Maria Jose Cardona and junior Maria Belen Ludueña did not complete their match after Kansas won the competition. The Jayhawks are 10-0 when they win the doubles point and 0-3 when they lose.
In singles, Windom collected KU’s first win on court one, topping Hailey Barrett, 6-3, 6-2. Los made the score 3-0 with her 7-6 (2), 6-3, win over Chahal. The Mountaineers didn’t make it easy, as Cardona fell in the first set of her match and forced her way back into contention, winning the second and third (4-6, 6-1, 6-1). Ludueña finished next, defeating Manole in the third set after losing the first set and bouncing back like Cardona, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. To seal Kansas’ win, Dreyer downed Tsui, 6-3, 6-0 and Barnhill defeated Irinka Toidze, 6-3, 3-6 (10-6).
Kansas will continue its swing away from the Jayhawk Tennis Center with a break from Big 12 play in Orlando, Fla., where the Jayhawks will meet No. 44 Indiana on March 20 at 10 a.m., and Central Florida on March 21 at 3 p.m.
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