No. 18 Oklahoma Stuns No. 47 Kansas, 7-0
LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 47 Kansas women’s tennis dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 18 Oklahoma at the Jayhawk Tennis Center Saturday afternoon. The loss is KU’s second consecutive shut-out match after being blanked by Oklahoma State on Friday, March 28.
While the Sooners (13-3, 3-1) swept the singles matches and claimed the early point, Kansas (11-6, 2-2) was not shut out on every court. The senior tandem of Paulina Los and Dylan Windom bounced back from a loss against OSU on Friday to pick up their ninth win of the season and second conference victory.
Oklahoma was quick to snag the doubles point from Kansas to start the match. The 64th-ranked Sooner duo of Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie topped KU’s Maria Jose Cardona and Maria Belen Ludueña on the first court, 8-3.
The Sooners only needed one more win to procure the match’s early point. Hermon Brhane and Zita Engbroks answered the call, defeating Morgan Barnhill and Caroline Henderson on court three, 8-3.
The Jayhawks refused to go down without a fight, as Windom and Los grabbed the lone Jayhawk victory of the day over OU’s Emma Devine and Morgan Chumney, 8-4.
Kansas returned to singles with new found vengeance. The Jayhawks claimed the first point on four of the five courts to set the tone, but the surge was short lived. Slowly but surely, Oklahoma gained momentum, taking the lead and the first set on every court.
OU’s Brhane was the first to notch a singles win for the Sooners, defeating Cardona, 6-4, 6-3, on the second court. Lancaster was next to capitalize on her match, defeating Los on court four, 6-4, 6-3.
With two singles wins under its belt, Oklahoma clinched the match victory at the first court where Windom and 116th-ranked Whitney Ritchie battled to a third set. Ritchie grabbed the first set 6-3, but Windom bounced back, claiming the second set in convincing fashion, 6-1. The ranked Sooner refused to buckle, returning to the third set to blank Windom, 6-0 (6-3, 1-6, 6-0) and give Oklahoma its third conference win of the season.
On court three, Ludueña was rallying to make comeback after falling 6-0 in the first set to Chumney. Ludueña returned to the second set with fever, defeating the Sooner, 6-4. But Chumney had the final say as she downed Ludueña in the third set, 6-1 (6-0, 4-6, 6-1).
To close the match, Devine topped sophomore Anastasija Trubica, 7-5, 6-4, on court five, while Abbi Melrose defeated Barnhill, 6-2, 6-2 on the last court.
The defeat is Kansas’ second conference loss in a row as the Jayhawks drop to 2-2 in Big 12 play. The win pushes Oklahoma’s overall record to 13-3 and 3-1 in conference action.
Kansas will continue its homestand at the Jayhawk Tennis Center with a pair of matches against No. 16 Baylor on Friday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. and No. 22 Texas on Sunday, April 6, at noon. For the three seniors, Paulina Los, Dylan Windom and Claire Dreyer, Kansas’ match against Texas marks the trio’s senior day and final home match.
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