No. 39 Kansas Tops Central Florida, 4-3

No. 39 Kansas 4, Central Florida 3
UCF Tennis Complex
March 21, 2014
No. 1 – Maria Jose Cardona/Maria Belen Ludueña (KU) def. Courtney Griffith/Caroline Eberhart (UCF) 8-1
No. 2 – Dylan Windom/Paulina Los (KU) def. Sofia Baptista/Josephine Haraldson (UCF) 8-4
No. 3 -Caroline Henderson/Morgan Barnhill (KU) led Clare Mendell/Cortney Cesarini (UCF) 7-6 (DNF)
Order of Finish: 1, 2
No. 1 – Josephine Haraldson (UCF) def. Dylan Windom (KU) 1-6, 7-6, 6-1
No. 2 – Maria Jose Cardona (KU) def. Courtney Griffith (UCF) 6-7, 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 – Maria Belen Ludueña (KU) def. Caroline Eberhart (UCF) 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 – Paulina Los (KU) def. Cortney Cesarini (UCF) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 – Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. Anastasija Trubica (KU) 6-4, 6-0
No. 6 – Clare Mendell (UCF) def. Caroline Henderson (KU) 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 5, 4, 2, 1

ORLANDO, Fla. – No. 39 Kansas women’s tennis completed its final non-conference match-up of the season with a 4-3 win over Central Florida at the UCF Tennis Complex Friday afternoon.

The Jayhawks (11-4, 2-0) won their 12th doubles point of the season, after claiming a win on the first and second courts. The Knights (4-8, 0-3) bounced back to tie Kansas in the singles, but the Jayhawks gained momentum and finished the match on top. Senior stand-out Paulina Los continues to shine in her final season, as her match Friday extended her win-streak to ten.

“I am really proud of our team,” said head coach Todd Chapman. “We ended our nine day, four match road trip on a winning note. We could have made a lot of excuses today, but instead we gutted out a victory.”

The meeting is the first for the pair, giving Kansas the series advantage, 1-0.

Kansas opened the match-up ahead, as sophomore Maria Jose Cardona and junior Maria Belen Ludueña rolled UCF’s Courtney Griffith and Caroline Eberhart, 8-1 at No. 1. The match marks the first time the Jayhawk duo has competed at the No. 1 spot.

Senior Dylan Windom and Los sealed the deal for Kansas, topping Sofia Baptista and Josephine Haraldson on court two, 8-4. Freshmen Caroline Henderson and Morgan Barnhill’s match was called following KU’s two wins.

The Jayhawks took their advantage to singles and won the first match from Ludueña who defeated Eberhart, 6-4, 6-1, on court three to give KU a 2-0 lead. UCF answered Kansas’ pair of points with two of its own. Mendell downed KU’s freshman Caroline Henderson on court six, 6-4, 6-1 and Baptista defeated sophomore Anastasija Trubica at No. 5, 6-4, 6-0.

With the match tied-up, Los pushed the Jayhawks ahead while capturing her 10th straight win in a row, defeating Cesarini in the third set, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0. Cardona closed out the match after losing her first set, bouncing back to beat Griffith, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1. UCF’s final point came at No. 1 where Windom fell to Haraldson in the third set, 1-6, 7-6, 6-1.

Kansas will return home after more than a week on the road to host Big 12 foe, Oklahoma State on March 28 at 3:30 p.m. The match will be televised on the Jayhawk Sports Network. Following the OSU match, Kansas will welcome Oklahoma on March 30 at noon. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos, and much, much more.