KU’s Rychagova claims crown

— Kansas sophomore tennis player Anastasia Rychagova won the Flight A championship Sunday at the Little Rock Invitational.

Rychagova defeated Ana Oparenovic of Arkansas, 6-4, 6-2, for the title.

Rychagova and Tatiana Nikolaeva defeated the doubles pair of Sofiko Kadzhaya of TCU and Myrna Olaya of Arkansas (6-0).

“Nastia (Rychagova) had a fantastic tournament,” KU coach Todd Chapman said. “She started the season building off of where last season ended. We are really excited that our two freshmen dominated their flight of singles in their first collegiate tournament.”

Freshmen Maria Toran Ribes and Nikolaeva both finished their flights with victories, sweeping their singles matches and earning them the title of co-champions of Flight C. Toran Ribes defeated Yvon Martinez of West Virginia, 6-0, 6-0, and Nikolaeva defeated two opponents from Arkansas: Peyton Jennings (6-3, 6-2) and Olaya (6-0, 6-1).

Toran Ribes and Purdue transfer Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum teamed to defeat Martinez and Paula Goetz of West Virginia, 6-4, and Bernard-Feigenbaum dropped a singles match to Caroline Wegner of TCU, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5) but still placed second in Flight B.

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