Denver set to face No. 13 Kansas in first round of nationals

Denver set to matchup against No. 13 Kansas in first round of the NCAA tournament.
Denver set to matchup against No. 13 Kansas in first round of the NCAA tournament.

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DENVER - The No. 47 Denver Pioneers women's tennis team (17-5, 5-0) will match up against No. 13 Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Lawrence, Kansas on Friday, May 3. The winner of Denver/Kansas will play the winner of Florida/Boston College in the second round. 

"It will be a battle," Head Coach Christian Bass said. "It will be fun. They have had a great year and we have too, so we're looking forward to the weekend."

The first round matchup is a rematch from last season when Denver fell to Kansas, 4-3, in the first round of the 2018 tournament. The Pioneers enter the NCAA tournament after having won the Summit League regular-season title and the tournament championship for the sixth straight year. Denver is on a four-match winning streak, having not dropped a team point since April 7.

Senior co-captains Bianca Mok and Arisha Ladhani lead the Pioneers on the singles courts where No. 101 and 2019 Summit League Player of the Year Mok has a 15-2 mark at No. 1 and Ladhani has a 12-5 record, going 6-3 at No. 2. Mok is on a 10-match winning streak in singles play, second only to sophomore Camille Verden-Anderson who has won 11-straight matches to build a 19-2 record. Sophomore Anna Riedmiller has been consistent for the Pioneers as well with a 17-2 singles record.

In doubles play, Mok and Verden-Anderson have tallied the most victories for the Pioneers with a 14-4 record, playing every match at No. 1. Riedmiler and freshman 2019 Newcomer of the Year Tatum Burger are 8-3 at No. 2.

Time of the first round matchup is set to be announced. The NCAA Individual Selection Show is set for Tuesday, April 29. 

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