COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Sophomore Laurie Gingras
earned her 12th win of the spring Saturday afternoon, but the 30th-ranked Razorback women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 71 DePaul in Columbus, Ohio. The loss is Arkansas’ second straight and third overall this season. Arkansas actually had the early lead against the Blue Demons after winning the doubles point, but then could only muster two more wins in singles as five of the six matches went to three sets.
“I’m obviously very pleased with the overall quality of the match,” head coach Michael Hegarty
said. “Both teams played extremely hard and it’s these type of matches that will help us continue to build our season. There were a lot of bright spots today, but just a few tight three setters that got away from us.”
Arkansas had the early momentum as they were dominant in their doubles matches on courts two and three. DePaul actually claimed the first victory at court one, but it was all Razorbacks from there as Stephanie Roy
and Emily Carbone
earned their 10th win together this year at court two. They beat Patricia Fargas and Carolin Neumann, 8-3, and got Arkansas on the board. The Hog duo is the first doubles team this year to reach the ten win plateau and now has four wins at the No. 2 position.
Freshman Catherine Parenteau
and senior Kate Lukomskaya
followed up with their own win at court three as they defeated Cali Gustafson and Rebecca Mitrea, 8-5, to give Arkansas the doubles point and their fourth win of the season. The win also breaks a streak of three straight losses that Parenteau and Lukomskaya had coming in and it was the fifth time this season that the Hogs claimed the early team point.
As singles began, DePaul got its first point of the match with a win at court six, but Lukomskaya gave the lead back to Arkansas at court four as she went three sets with Kelsey Lawson and ended up the winner in her ninth match of the year. With the 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 victory over Lawson, Lukomskaya now has five wins in dual play.
With the remaining matches going deep into three sets, the overall match was still anyone’s game. Arkansas had the 2-1 lead, but DePaul wasn’t going away as Carbone was taken the distance with the 105th-ranked Jasmin King at court one. Even though she fell behind after the first set, Carbone made it interesting with a 6-3 win in set number two. Unfortunately, the bounces did not go her way in the third set as King won the match in the final set, 6-3 to tie the overall match at 2-2.
The Blue Demons won their second straight at court three to take a 3-2 lead, but the Hogs were kept alive by Gingras at court five as she won her 12th match of the year with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Neumann. Gingras is now tied for the team lead in overall singles wins and is 7-2 in the spring alone.
The match came down to court two as both teams had been battling back and forth all day. Roy and Fargas were the fifth match of the day to go three sets, but Roy could not close it out in the final set as she fell to Fargas, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Arkansas still has one more match on its slate this weekend as they will face Ohio State tomorrow at 11 a.m. on the Buckeyes’ home court. Live stats will be available for tomorrow’s match and a full recap with complete results will be posted online following the day’s play.
#30 Arkansas 3
#71 DePaul 4
Complete Doubles Results
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*
Complete Singles Results
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 1, 3, 5, 2*
No. 1 #105 Jasmin King (DEP) def. Emily Carbone
(ARK) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
No. 2 Patricia Fargas (DEP) def. Stephanie Roy
(ARK) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3