Kansas Drops Regular-Season Finale to No. 31 Texas. 4-0
|No. 31 Texas 4, No. 72 Kansas 0
Caswell Tennis Center
April 19, 2015
|No. 1 – Maria Belen Luduena/Madison Harrison (KU) vs. Breaunna Addison/Pippa Horn (UT) 6-5 unfinished|
|No. 2- Ratnika Batra/Lina Padegimaite (UT) def. Rachel McNeely/Summer Collins (KU) 6-5|
|No. 3 – Neda Koprcina/Dani Wagland (UT) def. Maria Jose Cardona/Alexis Czapinski (KU) 6-1|
|Order of Finish: 3,2|
|No. 1 -Breaunna Addison (UT) vs. Maria Belen Luduena (KU) 7-6 (7-5) unfinished|
|No. 2 – Neda Koprcina (UT) vs. Madison Harrison (KU) 6-4, 3-1 unfinished|
|No. 3 – Ratnika Batra (UT) def. Maria Jose Cardona (KU) 6-3, 6-3|
|No. 4 – Pippa Horn (UT) vs. Summer Collins (KU) 6-1, 3-4 unfinished|
|No. 5 – Lina Padegimaite (UT) def. Alexis Czapinski (KU) 6-3, 6-2|
|No. 6 – Dani Wagland (UT) def. Rachel McNeely (KU) 6-2,6-1|
|Order of Finish: 6,5,3|
WACO, Texas – In its regular-season finale, the Kansas women’s tennis team could not find its rhythm falling, 4-0, to No. 31 Texas Sunday afternoon at the Caswell Tennis Center. In its fifth-straight match against a ranked opponent, the battle tested and undermanned Jayhawks could not fight off the Longhorns in both the singles and doubles. The loss leaves Kansas with a 8-14 overall record and a 4-5 record in conference play.
“Today we didn’t play well with leads,” said Kansas head coach Todd Chapman. “When you’re on the road against a talented team like Texas you have to close things out when you have the chance. We are going to take a few days off and get healthy and get ready for the Big 12 tournament.”
With an adjusted line up, Kansas faced an uphill battle in doubles play. KU came out with some early energy taking 2-1 leads on two of the three doubles courts, before eventually being outlasted by Texas. Senior Maria Belen Luduena and freshman Madison Harrison were able to take a 6-5 lead on court one, but not before the Longhorns clinched the second and third court to take a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
Kansas continued to fight as singles action began, but a talented Texas team proved to be too much for the young Jayhawks. On court six freshman Rachel McNeely was knocked off in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 by UT’s Dani Wagman.
Court five was decided next with Alexis Czapinski competing at the No. 5 spot for the second time this season. Czapinski too was overcome in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 by Texas’ Lina Padegimaite.
Texas clinched the match with a win on court three as junior Maria Jose Cardona, who returned from an injury this weekend, was ousted by UT’s Ratnika Batra 6-3, 6-3.
Kansas showed glimpses of the team that knocked off No. 29 Oklahoma last week with Luduena putting up a fight on court one against No. 43 Breaunna Addison. The first set of the match was decided 7-6 after five additional points were played. Freshman Summer Collins had taken a 4-3 lead in the second set of her match against UT’s Pippa Horn, after dropping the first 6-1.
Up next Kansas will head to Waco, Texas for the 2015 Big 12 Championships being hosted by Baylor at the Hurd Tennis Center April 23-26. The Jayhawks earned the sixth-seed in the tournament and will take on Oklahoma State on Friday, April 24, at a time yet to be determined.
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