Tennis team remains undefeated
- Feb. 26, 2012
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While most of Lawrence’s weekend celebration was based around the men’s basketball team and its thrilling win over Missouri, the Kansas women’s tennis team gave the university another thing to be excited about.
The Jayhawks stayed undefeated in dual play after their trip to Des Moines, Iowa. The team, which got off to its best start since 1992, notched wins over Drake, 6-1, and Montana, 5-2, during the weekend.
“They are both very talented teams, but I will say the girls did play with a lot of heart this weekend,” coach Amy Hall-Holt said. “They just went out and competed hard. Some of the matches weren’t so pretty, but they knew that they had to dig down deep.”
The No. 1 doubles tandem, Dylan Windom and Maria Belen Ludueña, lost the opening match to Gabriela Demos and Manca Krizman of Drake, 8-3, but the Jayhawks won their other two doubles matches to secure the doubles point. Monica Pezzotti and Paulina Los narrowly edged Drake’s Jessica Aguilera and Klavdija Rebol, 9-7, at the No. 2 doubles match up.
That momentum carried into singles play, where several Jayhawks pulled out victories in close matches, including a three-set thriller for Windom. The lone singles loss came for Los, a 6-1, 6-4, loss to Krizman.
The Jayhawks carried over that success into Sunday, winning against Montana. Pezzotti and Los both lost three-set battles at the No. 1 and 2 singles spots, but the bottom four singles players all won in straight sets.
“We have a very good team and very good match players right now,” junior Victoria Khanevskaya said. “We should be very, very competitive against other teams.”
The team will play two more non-conference dual matches before beginning Big 12 play on March 9 against Oklahoma. This weekend’s matches will be on the road against North Texas and Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla.
“The competition is definitely going to get a lot stiffer, even coming next weekend,” Hall-Holt said. “This is a good building point, and taking a 7-0 record into next weekend is definitely going to help build our momentum.”
Edited by Max Lush