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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kansas tennis drops opener at New Mexico

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— Kansas University’s tennis team opened its 2015 spring season with a 4-3 loss to New Mexico on Friday.

KU’s Maria Cardona-Maria Belen Ludueña and Madison Harrison-Smith Hinton won their doubles matches, giving the Jayhawks the doubles points, and Cardona won and No. 1 singles and Rachel McNeely at No. 6, but UNM won Nos. 2-5 singles to win the match.

“Tonight was disappointing loss and definitely not the way we envisioned starting the season, “ KU coach Todd Chapman said.

Kansas will face South Carolina today in Albuquerque.

NEW MEXICO 4, KANSAS 3

Singles

Maria Cardona, KU, def Emily Olivier, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2

Natasha Smith, UNM, def. Maria Belen Ludueña, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

Meredith Hopson, UNM, def. Smith Hinton, 6-3, 6-4

Dominique Dulski, UNM, def. Madison Harrison, 6-2, 6-3

Rachana Bhat, UNM, def. Summer Collins, 6-1, 6-2

Rachel McNeely, KU, def. Sharone Coone, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

Doubles

Cardona-Belen Ludueña, KU, def. Dulski-Smith, 6-1

Harrison-Hinton, KU, def. Hopson-Olivier, 7-6

Coone-Bhat, UNM, def. Collins-McNeely, 7-5

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