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Friday, April 5, 2019

No. 14 Kansas blanks Iowa State, 7-0

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No. 14-ranked Kansas swept Iowa State, 7-0, Friday night at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Kansas' No. 1-ranked duo of Janet Koch and Nina Khmelnitckaia bested Regina Espindola and Ekaterina Grib, 6-1, at first doubles. Jayhawks Maria Toran Ribes and Malkia Ngounoue then defeated Ekaterina Repina and Margarita Timakova at No. 2 doubles, 6-3, giving Kansas the doubles point.

The doubles match on court 2 between KU's No. 61-ranked Anastasia Rychagova and Sonia Smagina and ISU's Maty Cancini and Annabella Bonadonna went unfinished after Kansas claimed the doubles point.

In singles, No. 113-ranked Koch beat Espindola at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-3, giving KU a 2-0 lead. Then on court 6, Ngounoue triumphed over Timakova, 6-4, 6-3, moving Kansas one point away from the win.

After starting off down 3-0 in her first set at No. 4 singles, Khmelnitckaia fought back to win the match 6-3, 6-4, giving Kansas the victory. At No. 5 singles, Toran Ribes bested Bonadonna, 6-3, 7-5, giving KU the 5-0 lead. Rychagova, ranked No. 25 in the nation, beat Cancini, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 1 singles.

Smagina finally triumphed over Grib, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) and 10-7 in a super tiebreaker, giving the Jayhawks the 7-0 sweep.

Kansas (14-4, 5-2 Big 12) plays host to West Virginia at 12 p.m. Sunday.

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