FAYETTEVILLE — The 32nd-ranked Razorback women’s tennis team fell behind early to the No. 25 Yale Bulldogs, but nearly pulled it out in singles after winning four first sets out of the six singles matches. Unfortunately, Yale pulled it together and dropped the Razorbacks by a score of 5-2 at the Billingsley Tennis Center. Arkansas was swept in the early doubles matches, but got straight set wins from junior Claudine Paulson and sophomore Laurie Gingras and looked to be in control of winning four singles matches, but the Bulldogs backed up their Top-25 ranking by coming through on the winning side of two three-setters and one straight set win to earn the victory.
With the loss, Arkansas drops its second match of the year and first in its last five matches. Yale earns its third win of the year and moves up to 3-1 for the season.
Early on in the match it seemed to be all Bulldogs as Arkansas lost at all three positions. At courts one and three, the Hogs had a tough task facing two of the Top-40 teams in the nation. Paulson and Gingras, together, had the best match of any Razorback doubles team as they took the 16th-ranked team of Vicky Brook and Hanna Yu to a 5-all tie midway through the match. However, Yale went on to break Arkansas’ serve and then win two more games in a row to take the match at 8-5.
Moving into singles, Arkansas was facing an uphill battle as it was the fourth time this season that the Razorbacks were in the 1-0 hole. The team got a nice pick up from Paulson, who, once again, was dominate in her match from start to finish. An unprecedented double shutout, 6-0, 6-0 victory over Hanna Yu, gave Paulson her seventh win of the dual season and 12th overall. The win continues the very strong start for the junior from Ecuador. In all eight of her dual matches, she has only lost two sets, which came in her straight set loss during the Oklahoma match just two days before.
The Razorbacks took the team lead after getting their second straight singles win from court six where Gingras made easy work of Amber Li for the 6-4, 6-3 victory. Gingras has been on a roll as of late as she has won six of her first eight dual matches and been a big help to Arkansas’ fast start to the season.
It would be the last singles win that Arkansas would get for the rest of the day as Yale went on to win the remaining four matches. The Hogs didn’t go down without a fight, however. Two of the final three matches were stretched to a third set, but the Bulldogs had the better shots in the end as they handed Arkansas’ second loss of the year.
The Razorbacks will get a solid week of for rest before its next match which will be on the road in Tulsa on Tuesday Feb. 21. That match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. For more information on Razorback women’s tennis or University athletics, please log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
#25 Yale 5
#32 Arkansas 2
Complete Doubles Results
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3
No. 1 #16 Vicky Brook/Hanna Yu (YALE) def. Claudine Paulson/Laurie Gingras (ARK)
No. 2 Elizabeth Epstein/Annie Sullivan (YALE) def. Catherine Parenteau/Kate Lukomskaya (ARK)
No. 3 #39 Blair Seideman/Steph Kent (YALE) def. Stephanie Roy/Emily Carbone (ARK)
Complete Singles Results
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 6, 2, 1*, 4
No. 1 Elizabeth Epstein (YALE) def. Emily Carbone (ARK)
4-6, 7-5, 6-1
4-6, 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 Blair Seideman (YALE) def. Stephanie Roy (ARK)
No. 3 Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Hanna Yu (YALE)
No. 4 Annie Sullivan (YALE) def. Kate Lukomskaya (ARK)
3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5
3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5
No. 5 Steph Kent (YALE) def. Catherine Parenteau (ARK)
No. 6 Laurie Gingras (ARK) def. Amber Li (YALE)