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Huskers Hit the Road for First True Road Test at KU

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-4) at #11 Kansas Jayhawks (3-1)

Wednesday, Feb. 6

4 p.m. CT

Lawrence, Kan.

Jayhawk Tennis Center

Live Video: KUJayhawks.com

Live Stats: KUJayhawks.com

 

The Matchup:

The Nebraska women’s tennis team returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 6 when they travel south to Lawrence, Kan., to take on the No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks at 4 p.m. inside the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

 

How to Follow Along:

Kansas will offer live video and live stats during the match on their website.

 

Scouting Kansas:

The Jayhawks, who are 3-1 coming into Wednesday’s matchup, are expected by many to contend for a Big 12 title and a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. According to the updated ITA Tennis rankings, Kansas is the No. 11 team in the country right now.

 

KU is led by sixth-year Head Coach Todd Chapman, who could have his most talented team since he’s been at the helm in Lawrence. He has three players ranked in the top 125 in the country, led by Janet Koch at #34. Nina Khmelnitckaia comes in at #70 and Anastasia Rychagova rounds out the trio at #109.

 

Last season, Kansas went 17-8 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They defeated Denver in the first round but fell to #12 Pepperdine in the Round of 32. Senior doubles pair Nina Khmelnitckaia and Anastasia Rychagova made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Doubles Championships before falling to a team from Vanderbilt to end their season.

 

Coach Jacobson’s Quote of the Day:

“We are excited for the opportunity to play one of the premier programs in college tennis. This dual match will make us better prepared for the upcoming conference season and the challenges we will be facing moving forward. Our attitudes are right and we look forward to embracing the battle.”

 

All-Time Series:

Kansas leads the all-time series 24-15 against the Huskers. The teams haven’t met since 2014, when the Huskers fell 4-3 to the Jayhawks in Lincoln. The last time they played at Kansas was on March 28, 2010, when Nebraska defeated KU 5-2. The Huskers have taken seven out of the last 12 matchups in the series.

 

Reifeis Remains Unbeaten:

Junior Claire Reifeis was able to maintain her undefeated singles record once again following three wins against Kansas State, UMKC and South Dakota last weekend. The Indianapolis, Ind., native is now 6-0 in singles play and 5-0 in doubles play (11-0 overall) after going a combined 6-0 this weekend.

 

Doubles Pairs Being Rotated Frequently:

Nebraska tried four different doubles combinations this past weekend against K-State, UMKC and South Dakota. So far this season, eight different doubles pairs have been utilized.

 

Freshman Jessica Aragon Impressing:

Nebraska Head Coach Scott Jacobson added one new player to the team this year. The sole freshman amongst seven upperclassmen, Jessica Aragon has proven she can be an instant-impact player in the lineup. The former five-star recruit from Plano, Texas is 2-2 in singles play this spring and went a perfect 3-0 with doubles partner Claire Reifeis last weekend.

 

Week in Review:

The Huskers fell to Kansas State on Friday night, 4-1, but rebounded to defeat UMKC and South Dakota on Sunday in a doubleheader. The Huskers defeated both teams 4-0.

 

Up Next:

Nebraska is set for another doubleheader at the Dillon Tennis Center this weekend. The Huskers host Drake at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 and then host Wyoming later that night at 5 p.m. Drake and Wyoming will play one another on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

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