Tina Bokhua continued her strong play for the Colorado tennis team Sunday but the Buffs suffered their second setback of the weekend, falling 4-1 to undefeated Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., on Sunday.
Bokhua, a native of Moscow, Russia, won her sixth consecutive singles match as she upset 45th-ranked Anastasiya Rychagova, also a native of Moscow, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, at No. 1.
“Right now she’s playing some of her best tennis,” CU coach Nicole Kenneally said. “It’s fun to watch and she’s competing hard.”
Nuria Ormeño Ruiz nearly pulled out a victory at No. 2 singles, falling 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 to Smith Hinton in a back-and-forth match.
CU’s other two singles matches were also very close, despite finishing in straight sets. Jeannez Daniellost 7-6, 6-4, falling a break short in the second set at No. 3 and Annabelle Andrinopoulos lost 6-4, 7-6, falling a break short in the first set at No. 4.
Sunday marks the first time this season the Buffs have lost consecutive matches as they dropped to 3-4 overall. KU improved to 6-0 on the season.
CU will be back in action on Friday at Northern Colorado.
Kansas 4, Colorado 1
At Lawrence, Kan. (Jayhawk Tennis Center)
1. Bokhua, Tina (COLO) def. #45 Rychagova,Anastasiya (KU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
2. Hinton, Smith (KU) def. Ormeño Ruiz, Nuria (COLO) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
3. Koch, Janet (KU) def. Daniel, Jeannez (COLO) 7-6, 6-4
4. Khmelnitckaia, Nina (KU) def. Andrinopoulos, Annabelle (COLO) 6-4, 7-6
5. Collins, Summer (KU) vs. Aiello, Alex (COLO) 2-6, 2-1, unfinished
6. Cardona, Maria Jose (KU) vs. Wojcik, Kyra (COLO) 6-0, 3-0, unfinished
1. Khmelnitckaia, Nina/Koch, Janet (KU) def. Bokhua, Tina/Ormeño Ruiz, Nuria (COLO) 6-2
2. Cardona, Maria Jose/Collins, Summer (KU) vs. Daniel, Jeannez/Andrinopoulos, Annabelle (COLO) 2-3, unfinished
3. Rychagova,Anastasiya/Hinton, Smith (KU) def. Beck, Brigitte/Aiello, Alex (COLO) 6-0