STARKVILLE, Miss. – The 14th-ranked Razorback women’s tennis team got their first conference road match off to a good start on Friday after winning a nearly flawless doubles point and then taking all six singles matches against Mississippi State, good for the shutout 7-0 win.
This win for the Arkansas (12-4, 2-1 SEC) is their sixth straight over the Bulldogs and is their second straight shutout victory. Mississippi State, on the other hand, loses their fourth straight match and falls to 2-7 overall and 0-3 in the SEC.
“We’re pleased with the way things went today,” said Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty. “We came out particularly sharp in doubles and that momentum carried right over into singles.”
Speaking of the sharp doubles play, the Razorbacks were able to go right down the line and get three straight victories at all three courts to earn the doubles point and a 1-0 lead going into singles. The 34th-ranked team of sophomore Claudine Paulson and senior Anouk Tigu took an 8-2 win over Alexandra Perper and Danielle Terpko, 8-2, good for their 11th win of the dual season and fourth win in their last five matches. That win was followed by a near shutout by juniors Kate Lukomskaya and Stephanie Roy, who downed Olesya Tsigvintseva and Jordan Zachary by a score of 8-1.
In singles, it continued to be all Razorbacks all the time as junior Emily Carbone scored the near double bagel in her straight set, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Vivian Pietraroia. Paulson then continued the streak with an actual double bagel over Tsigvintseva, 6-0, 6-0, her tenth of the dual season and fourth of last five also.
As the score continued to roll in the Razorbacks favor, Tigu ended all hopes of a Bulldog rally with her straight set win over Alexandra Perper, 6-3, 6-1, giving Arkansas the 4-0 win. The remaining three matches were played out and the Hogs continued strong play on courts six and three, getting straight set wins from freshman Jade Frampton and Roy.
The toughest match of the day came at court two where Lukomskaya and Mariia Ryzhova were locked in the only three-set match of the afternoon. Lukomskaya had lost the first set 6-3, but was, eventually, able to regroup and win the remaining two sets, 6-4, 1-0(6), for her tenth overall win this season.
With their second conference win in the books, the Razorbacks will look to go for two straight on Sunday when they travel to Oxford, Miss. to take on Ole Miss and finish their Mississippi swing. First serve for that match is scheduled for 1 p.m. A complete match recap will be available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. as soon as the match is finalized. For all information and coverage of the Razorback women’s tennis team throughout the season, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Complete Results vs. Mississippi StateNo. 14 Arkansas 7Mississippi State 0Complete Doubles ResultsOrder of Finish: 1, 2*, 3No. 1 #34 Claudine Paulson/Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. Alexandra Perper/Danielle Terpko (MSU) 8-2No. 2 Kate Lukomskaya/Stephanie Roy (ARK) def. Olesya Tsigvintseva/Jordan Zachary (MSU) 8-1No. 3 Valentina Starkova/Jade Frampton (ARK) def. Roseline Dion/Vivian Pietraroia (MSU) 8-5Complete Singles ResultsOrder of Finish: 5, 4, 1*, 6, 3, 2No. 1 #23 Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. Alexandra Perper (MSU) 6-3, 6-1No. 2 Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) def. Mariia Ryzhova (MSU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(6)No. 3 Stephanie Roy (ARK) def. Danielle Terpko (MSU) 6-2, 6-2No. 4 Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Olesya Tsigvintseva (MSU) 6-0, 6-0No. 5 Emily Carbone (ARK) def. Vivian Pietraroia (MSU) 6-1, 6-0No. 6 Jade Frampton (ARK) def. Roseline Dion (MSU) 6-3, 6-2