Notre Dame’s Allison Miller defeated Kansas’ Janet Koch, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5, in a decisive match at No. 3 singles and the Irish topped the Jayhawks, 4-3, in an NCAA first-round women’s tennis match Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
The Jayhawks had only five available players due to an injury to freshman Maria Toran Ribes.
KU recorded wins by Anastasia Rychagova at No. 1 singles, Nina Khmelnitckaia at No. 4 singles and Tatiana Nikolaeva at No. 5 singles.
“Two years in a row now we have had dual-match point to win the overall match and lost,” KU coach Todd Chapman said. “We are disappointed. I think it is a different feeling this year, from the standpoint that we came to Columbus with the mindset to win. We put ourselves in position to do that and just didn’t capitalize.”
The Jayhawks finished with a 13-10 overall record. Notre Dame (18-9) advances to face No. 2-ranked Ohio State in the second round today.
“I don’t think we played doubles the way we needed to,” Chapman said. “When you are shorthanded if you lose the doubles point you are down, 2-0. It is a tough situation and a tough hole to put yourself in.”