Shane is a sports writer for the Lawrence Journal-World and KUsports.com
Not long after the Kansas women’s tennis team notched its first Sweet 16 berth since 1998, the squad got back to work.
After the Kansas women’s tennis team claimed its third point, many fans turned their attention to the fourth court at the Jayhawk Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.
Moments after Kansas senior Janet Koch lost her singles match and shook hands with her opponent, she turned to watch the fourth court at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. Within seconds, freshman Sonia Smagina let out a deafening scream as the return by Marlee Zein soared out of bounds. Koch was the first to hug Smagina, who capped off KU’s 4-2 win over Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon. Shane Jackson
There was no tennis racquet flip. There was no Gatorade bath or large team celebration at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. By Shane Jackson
Late in the first quarter, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray motioned his receiver in the left slot to the other side of the field.
The Jayhawks had two different chances to clinch a Big 12 Championship for the first time ever.
Kansas junior Maria Toran Ribes lofted the shot over the head of Texas senior Katie Poluta. As soon as the tennis ball landed on the other side of the net, Toran Ribes turned to her right and flung her racquet in the air. The racquet flipped five times before falling to the floor on the sixth court at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. Shane Jackson
As soon as the spring game ended, Kansas safety Bryce Torneden rushed back to the locker room to take a shower. He, along with the rest of his KU teammates, eventually made it back to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. By then, a stage had been set up near midfield for Rick Ross. But, as so often is the case, it didn’t take long for head coach Les Miles to steal the show. Shane Jackson
Six hundred seventy-seven. That’s the number of days between Eli Davis’ Tommy John surgery and his first collegiate home start. It proved to be well worth the wait, though, as the left-handed starter posted a terrific outing on the mound to lead Kansas past No. 25 Baylor, 12-7, during the series finale Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. Shane Jackson
Salt Lake City — It took just six-plus minutes for Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett to send a message. Garrett checked into the game at the 17:42 mark, and he struck a few minutes later. After he made a layup with 13:58 left in the first half, Garrett elected to pick up Northeastern senior Vasa Pusica as he dribbled up the floor.