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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jayhawks fall in tennis semis

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— Kansas University’s run in the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championship ended with a 4-0 loss to top-seeded Oklahoma State in the semifinals on Saturday at Greenwood Tennis Center.

Short-handed KU, down a player due to illness, forfeited at No. 6 singles, then lost at Nos. 3 and 4. A loss at No. 2 doubles, coupled with another forfeit at No. 3, cost Kansas another point and the match.

Kansas had lost to No. 14-ranked Oklahoma State on Sunday.

We definitely got OSU’s best shot,” KU coach Todd Chapman said. “Between the way we played last Sunday and yesterday, I think they knew they would have to play well, and they did. They played extremely well. They put us in a lot of uncomfortable positions, and I don’t think we handled those positions with the same composure as we have in the past. When you are playing a good team, one of the best teams in the country, and you don’t stay composed in those situations, you are going to get beat.

“We got beat by a better team today.”

Kansas will learn its NCAA tournament fate on Tuesday.

Singles

Anastasiya Rychagova, KU, vs. Katarina Adamovic, 4-6, 2-2, unfinished

Smith Hinton, KU, vs. Vladica Babic, 3-6, 1-3, unfinished

Viktoriya Lushkova, OSU, def. Janet Koch, 6-2, 6-2

Kelsey Laurente, OSU, def. Nina Khmelnitckaia, 6-0, 6-3

Maria Jose Cardona, KU, vs. Katarina Stresnakova, 2-6, 4-2, unfinished

Carla Tur Mari, OSU, won by forfeit

Doubles

Alvarez-Laurente, OSU, vs. Khmelnitckaia-Koch, 4-4, unfinished

Lushkova-Mari, OSU, def. Cardona-Rychagova, 6-2

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