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Sunday, February 28, 2016

KU tennis sweeps New Mexico, 7-0

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Kansas University bounced back from its first tennis setback of the season with a 7-0 sweep of No. 46-ranked New Mexico on Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Led by sophomore Smith Hinton — who is undefeated in singles and doubles this year — No. 23 KU (7-1) dropped just two sets to the Lobos (5-3).

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Kansas sophomore Summer Collins reaches to make a volley at the net while partner Maria Jose Cardona watches during their number two doubles match against New Mexico Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

“It’s very encouraging to have defeated our third top-50 team,” Kansas coach Todd Chapman said. “I think it was made even more encouraging after having such a disappointed team on Friday. I was excited to see how we would respond to that loss. It told me a lot about our team.

“We have five freshmen and sophomores, so I didn’t know how we were going to respond. Losing in a situation where we thought we had some chances to be successful and not doing it, for this young of a group to approach that the way that they did is impressive to me.”

KU will host SMU on Friday.

Doubles

Nina Khmelnitckaia-Janet Koch, KU, def. Dominique Dulski-Emily Oliver, 6-1

Maria Jose Cardona-Summer Collins, KU, vs. Ruth Copas-Andrea LaBlanc, 2-2 (unfinished)

Smith Hinton-Anastasiya Rychagova, KU, def. Rachana Bhat-Sharon Coone, 6-0

Singles

Rychagova, KU, def. LeBlanc, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Hinton, KU, def. Oliver, 6-4

Koch, KU, def. Dulski, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

Khmelnitckaia, KU, def. Ludvine Burguiere, 7-6, 6-4

Collins, KU, def. Bhat, 6-1, 6-0

Cardona, KU, def. Coone, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6

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