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KU Tennis Looks to Continue Win Streak

Kansas tennis shocks No. 16 Old
Caroline Soro | @caroline_soro
After losing the first three matches of the season, Kansas tennis is on a five-match win
streak and secured a No. 30 ITA ranking. The Jayhawks knocked off No. 16 Old
Dominion 4-2 on Sunday behind strong singles play from sophomore Raphaelle
Lacasse and senior Sonia Smagina.
Smagina, an international student from Penza, Russia, is in the last year of her
successful career with Kansas. Though she didn’t finish her match on Sunday after
Lacasse sealed the win for Kansas, Smagina almost collected another singles victory.
“Well, I don’t really like how I started, I was down 3-0,” Smagina said. “But then I was
like ‘Sonia, you got to do this. You can do it.’ And yeah, I won five games in a row, but I
think mentally I was better prepared for tiebreak than her. That’s why I won.”
Smagina split sets 7-6, 4-5 with Old Dominion’s sophomore Alexandra Viktorovich, and
was about to play a third set when Lacasse defeated senior Marina Alcaide in straight
sets, 7-6, 7-5.
Kansas’ five-match winning streak marks its longest streak since the 2018-19 season,
which was the last time the Jayhawks appeared in the NCAA tournament. Despite
Smagina’s individual efforts this season, the senior credits her teammates for the team’s
recent success.
“I’m proud of every single person on my team and we look forward, we look forward to
winning every single match against everyone,” Smagina said.
Kansas (5-3) looks to continue its win streak on Sunday in Tempe, Ariz., where it takes
on No. 32 Arizona State (5-2) at 1 p.m.