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Jayhawks drop another dual, this time to Oklahoma State

March 13, 2006

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The Kansas University women's tennis team just can't put together a complete dual.

The Jayhawks lost their third straight, 4-3 on Sunday to Oklahoma State.

While doubles matches plagued the Jayhawks throughout the season, that wasn't the case Sunday at the First Serve tennis facility.

Having to move indoors because of storms, the tandems of Elizaveta Avdeeva and Ksenia Bukina (9-7) and Christine Skoda and Brittany Brown (8-4) took the doubles point by winning their matches.

"Finally, we prevailed in the doubles, and we got things going, and unfortunately we had a break with the weather and had to stop play," KU coach Amy Hall-Holt said. "But it's no excuse. We should have come, been more mentally prepared for singles and got things together.

"It's disappointing - these 4-3 losses - but we've got to step up to the plate and start competing. When the level starts getting higher, we've got to come out in front."

The teams had about a three-hour delay following the doubles matches because of the weather.

"Again, we had a chance, but we didn't take advantages. ... It was just hard all day," Avdeeva said.

Avdeeva didn't have any trouble in her singles match when the teams returned to the courts, defeating Zana Masnic, 6-1, 7-5.

"She didn't let the delay get to her mentally, and that's one thing good - she stayed focused, and she came out on top, and I'm very pleased with her performance today," Hall-Holt said.

Sophomore Stephanie Smith took the No. 6 singles match, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, for the third KU point.

"Their number six was at a different level, and Stephanie did raise her game up, and she knows she has to win for the team, and that's what she comes out here to do," the KU coach said. "Last year, we called her 'The Grinder,' and she just continues to grind it out."

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