BATON ROUGE, La. – The 43rd-ranked Razorback women’s tennis team finished the regular season on a high note Saturday as it defeated No. 37 LSU, 5-2, in Baton Rouge, La. With both teams in the midst of a postseason hunt, the Razorbacks were able to step up to the challenge and pick up a solid win over the Tigers to finish the regular season with an 11-12 record and go 3-8 in the Southeastern Conference.
After claiming the doubles point with wins at courts two and three, Arkansas went on to win four out of six singles matches with the clincher coming from senior Kate Lukomskaya
. Lukomskaya defeated Yvette Vlaar in thrilling three-set fashion, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 for her 13th win of the year and third conference victory.
“What a great effort from our seniors out here today,” Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty
said. “LSU is a difficult place to win and Emily (Carbone), Kate (Lukomskaya) and Stephanie (Roy) have done it both as sophomores and now as seniors. It was a very hard fought match and, fittingly, every one of our players earned at least one win out there today.”
LSU struck first in doubles after winning at the No. 1 court, but the Razorbacks got their own scoring going quickly after, winning on the final two courts by 8-6 margins. Seniors Emily Carbone
and Stephanie Roy
locked up their 16th win of the season by defeating Vlaar and Olivia Howlett at court two. The women then clinched the doubles point after Lukomskaya and freshman Catherine Parenteau
topped Ariel Morton and Kaitlin Burns for their second SEC victory this season. The win by Arkansas’ No. 3 doubles team not only gave them the early 1-0 lead, but also gave them a huge momentum boost going into singles.
The Razorbacks wanted to keep the scoring going after the big doubles win, but LSU, again, struck first with a win at court one to tie the team score at 1-all. However, Arkansas finally got on the board in singles as sophomore Laurie Gingras
scored a straight set, 6-0, 6-3, win over Ebie Wilson. Gingras continues to hold the team lead in singles as she is now 17-15 overall and has four conference victories.
Needing only two more court wins, Arkansas got exactly what it needed as junior Claudine Paulson
also earned a straight set victory for her 16th win of the year and second SEC win. Paulson defeated Kaitlin Burns, 6-3, 6-3, and placed the Razorbacks just one win away from the season finale victory.
Arkansas couldn’t make it three straight victories to close out the match as LSU won at court six, but the possible Tiger comeback was put to rest when Lukomskaya locked up her victory at court five. The scoring finished out for the Razorbacks as Roy locked up her match in grand style with a three-set win over Howlett, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3. Roy is now 12-18 on the year and has a team leading five league victories.
The Razorbacks now await their first round opponent in the SEC Tournament, which has yet to be determined. The conference tournament will take place in Oxford, Miss. and will start on Thursday and run through Sunday. Updates on the team’s opponents and start times will be posted online as soon as they are announced.
#43 Arkansas 5
#37 LSU 2
Complete Doubles Results
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*
Complete Singles Results
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 3, 6, 5*, 2
No. 2 Stephanie Roy
(ARK) def. Olivia Howlett (LSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3