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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

KU’s Rychagova headed to NYC

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Kansas women’s tennis freshman Anastasiya Rychagova has been selected to participate in the 2015 United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The tournament will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, Nov. 15-17.

Rychagova, who is the first Jayhawk to be included in the singles field since the ITA began sponsoring the event in 2005, has had an impressive fall season in the Crimson and Blue.

The Moscow, Russia, native has raced out to an 11-2 mark in singles play, including posting six-consecutive wins at the ITA Central Regional before falling in the title match. Prior to the ITA Central Regional title match, Rychagova had a streak of 10-straight singles wins.

As the only tournament on the ITA calendar to showcase players from every level of college tennis, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships serves as the culmination of the fall season. Hosted by Columbia University, this prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.

Gaining automatic entry into the tournament are champions from the USTA/ITA Division I Regional Championships held across the country in October, winners of the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl, and the consolation champions, doubles finalists, men’s singles quarterfinalists and women’s singles semifinalists from the ITA Men’s and Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. Rychagova was selected as a wild card entry to the event.

Rychagova will attend the tournament accompanied by head coach Todd Chapman and KU assistant coach Caroline Lilley and the flock of Jayhawks are looking forward to her competing against the nation’s best collegiate tennis talent.

“I know Anastasia can’t wait to get to New York and compete for herself and KU,” said Chapman. “Coach Lilley and I will do our best to prepare her for this great opportunity.”

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