After a first-round victory in the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Doubles Championships, University of Kansas juniors Nina Khmelnitckaia and Anastasia Rychagova suffered a season-ending defeat Friday, in the Round of 16.
Vanderbilt's No. 11-ranked combo of Fernanda Contreras and Astra Sharma defeated No. 20 Khmelnitckaia and Rychagova in two sets at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C.
"Although it is a tough way for Nina and (Rychagova) to finish their junior years,” KU assistant coach Caroline Lilley said in a news release, “it is also a great learning experience. As we continue to move forward and strive for greatness, matches like today will serve as motivation to aspire for daily improvements. I am proud of both of them, proud of the adversity we overcame this year, as a program, and could not be more excited about the future."