Saturday, February 29, 2020

Kansas tennis defeats Illinois, 4-2


Kansas continued its winning ways by securing a 4-2 win over Illinois on the road Friday afternoon. The win moved KU to 5-4 overall.

Kansas got on the scoreboard first securing the double points with wins on courts one and two. The No. 32-ranked duo Sonia Smagina and Carmen Roxana Manu finished first on court one as they downed Emilee Duong and Josie Frazier, 6-1.

The Fighting Illini took court three, 6-1, over Maria Toran Ribes, who was partnered with Vasiliki Karvouni for the first time this season. The doubles point was clinched on court two, where Malkia Ngounoue and new partner Julia Deming got the best of Sasha Belaya and Emily Casati, 6-3.

In singles, Illinois took a 2-1 lead with two straight wins on courts five and four. Karvouni was the first Jayhawk to snag a singles match, tying the score with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Casati. Manu used a 7-5, 6-4 win to put Kansas up 3-2. Moments later Smagina, who is nationally ranked 74th in singles, clinched the match from court one in two sets, 7-5, 6-3.

Kansas will travel to Northwestern at noon Sunday.


David Kelley-Wood 12 months ago

Another good win, Jayhawks! Looked a little iffy for awhile, then our guys turned up the heat.

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