Jayhawks Cap Roberta Alison Fall Classic With a Doubles Win

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Kansas women’s tennis freshmen Janet Koch and Nina Khmelnitckaia concluded the Roberta Alison Fall Classic Saturday afternoon, with each Jayhawk playing one singles match and teaming up for a pair of doubles matches. Koch and Khmelntickaia capped the tourney with a doubles win to go 2-1 in the two-day tourney.
“We played some great doubles today in both matches,” said assistant coach Caroline Lilley. “We have been focusing on applying consistent pressure in doubles and this weekend showed a lot of improvement. We have a clear idea of the areas we need to work on for the next tournament, but we know we are absolutely moving in the right direction.”
Koch opened the day with a tough singles loss to Tea Jandric of Ole miss, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6. Khmelnitckaia also dropped her long singles match of the day as she was topped by Marina Cozac of DePaul, 6-4, 6-3.
The KU tandem then opened doubles play getting edged by Jandric and Natalie Suk of Ole Miss, 7-5, before bouncing back for a hard-fought 7-5 win over Lee Or and Erin Larner of Northwestern.
Kansas will close out the fall portion of its 2015-16 slate when it travels to Lubbock, Texas, Nov. 6-8 for the Texas Tech Invitational.   
Robert Alison Fall Classic Results
Emily Zabor Draw
Second Round
Jandric/Suk (Ole Miss) def. Koch/Khmelnitkaia (Kansas) 7-5
Third Round
Koch/Khmelnitckaia (Kansas) def. Or/Larner (Northwestern) 7-5
Courtney McLane Draw
Third Round
Tea Jandric (Ole Miss) def. Janet Koch (Kansas) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
Becca Baum Draw
Third Round
Marina Cozac (DePaul) def. Nina Khmelnitckaia (Kansas) 6-4, 6-3
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