LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 32nd-ranked Razorback women’s tennis team got a nice bounce back win Sunday afternoon after defeating No. 74 Kentucky, 4-3, in Lexington, Ky. The win is Arkansas’ first conference victory of the season and moves them to 8-4 on the year. The victory is also Arkansas’ fifth straight over the Wildcats dating back to the 2008 season.
Arkansas’ took its solid play from doubles after winning the first point and translated that into singles, getting wins from junior Claudine Paulson
, senior Stephanie Roy
and freshman Catherine Parenteau
. The wins by Paulson and Parenteau continue a solid showing for the two so far this spring as they have now combined to win 17 out of 24 singles matches.
The Razorbacks came into Sunday’s match trying to erase the loss to Vanderbilt just two days before and got out of the blocks fast with doubles wins at courts one and two. Roy and senior Emily Carbone
were the first ones off at court two as they defeated Caitlin McGraw and Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff, 8-4, for their 12th win of the year and seventh in dual play.
Not far behind was Paulson and sophomore Laurie Gingras
at court one, who won their sixth match of the year at the top court, an 8-6 decision over 55th-ranked Jessica Stiles and Khristina Blajkevitch. The win is now their second against a nationally ranked opponent and moves them to 7-7 overall on the year.
With the doubles point secured, the Razorbacks looked to have the overall match secured fairly early in singles. Paulson and Roy both won their matches in convincing style at courts two and three. Paulson at two earned the win over McGraw, 6-2, 6-3 and then Roy defeated Blajkevitch, 6-3, 6-3. Roy’s win breaks a seven-match losing streak she had going into Sunday and was her seventh win of the year overall.
The victory for Paulson moves her to 14-9 on the year and 9-3 in dual matches. The 14 wins by Paulson keeps her at the top spot on the team in singles wins. Behind her is Gingras, who has 13 wins this season.
Arkansas was in a comfortable position with the 3-0 lead, but the Wildcats would not lie down as they won the next three matches to tie it at 3-all. That brought the match down to court six where freshman Catherine Parenteau
was locked in a good match with CeCe Witten. Luckily, Parenteau was able to break serve and win in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, for her eleventh win of the year.
The Razorbacks return home for their next set of matches as they will face Auburn and Alabama at the Billingsley Tennis Center on Friday and Sunday. Both matches are slated for a noon start and the decision to play indoors or outdoors will be made the day of the match. A full recap and complete results will be posted online following each day’s match. Also, the live blog and live stats will be available during both matches.
#32 Arkansas 4
#74 Kentucky 3
Complete Doubles Results
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3
Complete Singles Results
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 4, 1, 5, 6*
No. 1 Jessica Stiles (UK) def. Emily Carbone
(ARK) 7-6 (0), 7-6 (4)
No. 3 Stephanie Roy
(ARK) def. Khristina Blajkevitch (UK) 6-3, 6-3