Avengers: Endgame isn’t the only big sequel out at the moment.
The NCAA announced its selections Monday afternoon for the 64-team women’s tennis tournament. The #47 University of Denver women’s tennis team (17-5, 5-0) will play Kansas, the team that knocked them out 4-3 in the first round last year.
Things will fire up at 1pm MT Friday.
Last year the match was in Malibu, this time the #14 seed KU has earned the right to serve as one of the host sites.
Sophomore Camille Verden-Anderson, who fought valiantly in the final match, only to fall in the third set, sensed this was coming.
“I told my teammates I had a feeling we’re playing Kansas,” the sophomore said. “In my head I was like redemption, we can do this!”
Head coach Christian Bass expects something along the lines of “Game of Thrones” over the weekend.
“It’ll be a battle,” she says. “They’ve had a great year obviously and we have too, so looking forward to the weekend.”
A battle indeed. The #20 in the country Jayhawks had a phenomenal year, including upsetting #7 Texas in the Big 12 tournament final on April 21st (their first B12 crown). Their overall record is 19-4, their only losses coming against Texas, #11 Washington, and #14 Oklahoma State (twice).
Bass also says the experience from that match will prove valuable when they step onto the courts at Rock Chalk Park. Last year the Pios were able to win the crucial first doubles point against KU. She says practice this week will continue with a doubles-heavy focus: “we will work hard, continue to work on discipline, discipline in doubles as we work on in singles.”
KU will present a similar sea-level environment to Tulsa, where the Crimson and Gold took their sixth-straight Summit League conference title over the weekend.
And what if Verden-Anderson again finds herself in that final deciding match with all eyes on her?
“I haven’t really thought about it,” she says.
“If it does fall unto me, I think that’s such a good opportunity, I’m just so excited to play them.”