FAYETTEVILLE – The 37th-ranked Razorback women’s tennis team defeated Oral Roberts Friday morning, 5-1 in the Billingsley Tennis Center, but was not able to make it a perfect day in the afternoon session as they dropped its match with No. 7 Georgia, 7-0.
Arkansas (9-7, 1-4 SEC) had a good morning session that saw only singles matches with five of those matches going the Razorbacks’ way. Unfortunately, they were not able to carry that momentum into their match with the Bulldogs as they were not only swept in doubles, but also in all six singles matches.
“We had our bright spots today,” Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty
said. “In doubles, we had a good chance to win the point on the last two matches and even in singles we had some chances. Frankly, Georgia has stepped it up at winning time. Their power was noticeably different in the match, but we definitely had our bright spots at various positions.”
Against Oral Roberts, Arkansas was in control from the start of the singles matches as they scored first set wins on courts one through five. Two of those courts, three and four, didn’t even give up a game as seniors Stephanie Roy
and Kate Lukomskaya
went 6-0 in the first frame. They followed up that performance with nearly perfect second sets as they both clinched their matches with 6-1 second set victories. The win for Roy was her ninth of the year and third straight, while Lukomskaya is now 11-14 on the year with seven wins in dual play.
Sophomore Laurie Gingras
practically matched those scores with her 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Marizanne Bouwer, which gave Arkansas the third team point. It was her sixth win at the No. 5 position, the most for any Razorback at any one position this season. Gingras is now 14-11 overall on the year and 9-7 in dual matches.
The final two wins for Arkansas came at the top courts as senior Emily Carbone
and junior Claudine Paulson
both had more competitive matches, but still cruised to straight set wins. Paulson’s 6-4, 6-1 victory over Lina Semenova keeps her at the top of the team lead as she now has 15 wins this year and is the first 10 match winner in dual singles play. The win for Carbone was her 11th of the year and broke a four-match losing streak she had coming into the match with Oral Roberts.
In the afternoon match with Georgia, both the Bulldogs and the Razorbacks duked it out for the opening point. After Georgia took an 8-4 court one win, courts two and three looked like they might be decided in tiebreakers. Court three actually did go to a tiebreaker, but it was court two that finished first.
The team of Carbone and Roy fought tooth and nail with Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring as both doubles teams held their serves for the majority of the match. At one point, the Razorbacks had a 7-6 lead and needed to break serve to win the match. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs held and then went on to win two straight games for the 9-7 victory and the doubles point.
Singles didn’t go much better for the Razorbacks as Georgia came in with four players ranked in the top-70 of singles. After quick 6-1, 6-1 wins at courts one and four, the Bulldogs sat just one point away from the match win. They got that clinching point at court two after the 51st-ranked Herring defeated Paulson, 6-3, 6-1.
The remaining three matches were also won in straight sets by the Bulldogs, but Arkansas nearly didn’t go home empty-handed as freshman Catherine Parenteau
took her second set with Lilly Kimbell to the max. After fighting back to tie the set at 6-all, Parenteau had a tiebreaker to remember. For 30 straight points, neither player was able to win two straight to get the victory. Unfortunately, for Parenteau, it seemed as if exhaustion set in as Kimbell won the tiebreak 17-15, which gave her the straight set win and the 7-0 victory for Georgia.
Arkansas goes on the road for its next match as it travels to Knoxville, Tenn. to take on the Lady Volunteers on Sunday. The match is set to begin at noon and live stats will be available throughout. A full match recap with complete results will be posted online following the day’s play.
Oral Roberts 1
#37 Arkansas 5
Complete Singles Results
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3, 6, 2*, 1
#7 Georgia 7
#37 Arkansas 0
Complete Doubles Results
Order of Finish: 1, 2*, 3
Complete Singles Results
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2*, 3, 5, 6
No. 1 #8 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. Emily Carbone
(ARK) 6-1, 6-1