Lady’Back recap: The University of Arkansas women’s tennis team is coming off their second loss of the season against the Brigham Young University Cougars on Friday, Feb. 23. The match marked the first time during the 2007 season that the Lady Razorbacks failed to win the doubles point, which would ultimately come back to haunt them in the singles competition. In singles, blue chip players sophomore Ela Kaluder and junior Audrey Bordeleau continued to carry Arkansas with wins on courts one and four. Junior Maryori Franco also added a win for the Lady’Backs, but that would leave them one match point shy as BYU closed the match on court six.
Had better: The loss marks Arkansas first loss against a higher ranked team (#35), but it was not the highest ranked team the Lady’Backs have faced this season. Arkansas faced off against the No. 32 team in the country, North Carolina State, during the first match of the season on Jan. 27, beating them 5-2.
Coming up: The Lady’Backs dive into the toughest portion of their schedule this week as they host two weekend matches against Georgia and Tennessee on Friday, Mar. 2nd and Sunday, Mar. 4th. The stretch marks the portion of the 2007 schedule in which the Lady’Backs play all six Eastern Division teams with a two-match nonconference interruption between Florida, South Carolina and Western Division foes.
More on Georgia: The Lady Bulldogs come into Friday’s match ranked 16th in the country and an undefeated 6-0 in the 2007 season after picking up a 6-1 upset win over No. 12 Clemson. The Lady Bulldogs have already defeated four ranked teams this season, two of which that were ranked higher, and most notably a 7-0 shutout victory over No. 13 Baylor. During their 6-0 run, UGA has defeated all opponents by a shutout score of 7-0 or 6-1. Georgia is scheduled for the biggest test of the year thus far on Wednesday against No. 3 Georgia Tech. Georgia’s midweek match bodes well for Arkansas since the Lady’Backs face the skilled Bulldog team two days later. All-time against Georgia the Lady’Backs have just one victory against the Bulldogs in 17 meetings. The victory came in perhaps the biggest upset in Lady Razorback tennis history in 1998 where Arkansas defeated the #3 Bulldogs, 5-4.
More on Tennessee: The Lady Vols come to the Dills Indoor Tennis Center ranked 23rd in the country boasting a 5-2 record. Tennessee was tested early in the year with a 6-1 opening match loss to the 5th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. After that, Tennessee went on a five-match winning streak that included victories over 24th ranked Michigan and a shutout win over 29rd ranked Indiana. The Lady Vols head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to face off against the 44th ranked Lady Tigers before traveling to Fayetteville. All-time Arkansas is 2-17 against Tennessee. Arkansas last victory against the Lady Vols came in a 7-2 decision during the 1999 season.
Bread and Butter: Sophomore Ela Kaluder and junior Audrey Bordeleau have been the bread and butter of Arkansas singles so far this season. Kaluder, who has played every match of the season so far at the No. 1 position, is an undefeated 8-0 and Bordeleau, who has played on courts three through five, is 7-1. In doubles play, the two are 6-2 this season playing all but one match on court one.
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