A dime a dozen- The Lady’Backs picked up four wins this past weekend, going a combined 24-4 against all opponents this weekend. Arkansas began with a 7-0 tune-up against Southwest Missouri State, their fourth shut out victory of the season. The match was clinched by freshman Audrey Bordeleau on court six over SMS’s Carolina Ardila, 6-0, 6-1.
Nailbiter at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center- Saturday brought the closest home match the Lady’Backs have had this season. Kansas State came to town and took the doubles point, receiving a one-point advantage over the Lady’Backs. Arkansas answered with wins of its own on the bottom half of lineup, anchoring the Lady Razorbacks to a win. It was junior transfer Vlatka Jovanovic who clinched the math for the Lady’Backs on court two, defeating Tamar Kvaratskhelia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
Doubleheader, double win- Arkansas rounded out the weekend sweep with a pair of wins Sunday against North Texas and Abilene Christian. First against North Texas, singles matches were played first, in which the Lady’Backs had no trouble defeating the Mean Green in straight sets on all six courts. In doubles, freshman Allison Linden played in her first dual match with junior Vlatka Jovanovic in an 8-3 downing of UNT’s Kelli Royer and Holly Lee.
Abilene Christian brought a tough squad, ranked No.12 in division two, but Arkansas once again handled business against the regional foe, winning on every court except No. one doubles. Melissa Cornett gave Arkansas the sweep after winning a 10-point super tiebreaker against Ashley Caperton on court four.
Tennispalooza rides on- The Lady Razorbacks have one match to go to capture five victories in just five days. Arkansas faces Southern Methodist University on Tuesday, February 15 at noon at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center. If the Lady’Backs win against SMU, it will mark the second time the Lady’Backs have won five matches in five days. The first time came during the 1986-87 year, when Arkansas won five matches from March 14-18 against Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, Illinois, Rutgers and Notre Dame in sequential order. However, the most matches won in the shortest amount of time dates back to the 1981-82 year, in which the Lady’Backs won four matches in three days. That same team had the opportunity to accomplish the feat again that same season, but lost to South Florida in the first game of a doubleheader during a three-day four match weekend.
About SMU- The Lady’Backs defeated SMU in Fayetteville last year, 5-2, with a strong outing in doubles and key victories in singles. All-time, Arkansas is 7-11 against the Mustangs. Currently SMU is 7-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of Tulsa a week before Arkansas defeated TU.
On the right track- The Lady’Back’s currently have already won more matches this season than all of last season. Arkansas has not won this many matches in a season since 2000-01.
Regional Milestone- Three Lady’Backs each captured their 10th regional win this weekend. Freshman Yawna Allen and junior Vlatka Jovanovic both captured their 10th win against Abilene Christian on Sunday, while freshman Maryori Franco won hers against Southwest Missouri State last Friday night.
A little piece of Lady’Back history- The Lady’Backs record currently stands at 9-0, and is the best start ever for an Arkansas women’s tennis team. The current winning streak also ties the longest winning streak, which came during the 1997-98 season. That streak was snapped by No. 2 Florida in Fayetteville. The previous best season start for Arkansas was 7-0 during the 1986-87 season, and was snapped by Oklahoma State, 8-1.
Head Start- Often times the doubles point in a dual match goes overlooked or not taken seriously. Not true for the 2004-05 Lady Razorbacks, who have captured the advantage in six of their first nine matches this spring.
27-0- Arkansas and Southwest Missouri hold an interesting record with each. It’s interesting in that Arkansas has never lost to the Lady Bears and are currently 27-0 against their rival to the north.
Pacheco on fire- Senior Iliana Pacheco ended the four-match stint in fine fashion, winning her last three sets 6-0. The first set blanking came on court two against North Texas’ Kelli Royer and a 6-0, 6-0 shutout came on court three against Abilene Christian’s Lana Pavlin. The shutout over Pavlin marked Pacheco’s second match shutout of the season. The first came against Saint Louis’ Laine Sommer.
Allison Linden, on court- Freshman Allison Linden took the court for the first time in a dual match on Sunday against North Texas. The Highland Village, Texas native was paired with Vlatka Jovanovic against North Texas’ Kelli Royer and Holly Lee. The Arkansas pair cruised to victory, 8-3. Linden picked up two wins for Arkansas in the 2004 fall season, first against Wichita State’s Genevieve Spink, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 on Sept. 18th. The second came over Purdue’s Catie McLevish, 6-1, 7-6 (2).
Leaders- Freshman Maryori Franco has the best singles winning percentage on the Lady Razorback roster, currently boasting an .850 career winning percentage with 17 wins and three losses. Junior Karina Ledaja currently leads the team in total singles wins, taking 19 wins in 25 matches as a Lady’Back. Ledaja also leads the Lady’Backs in wins this spring with an undefeated record of 7-0.
Bordeleau- Freshman Audrey Bordeleau currently holds the second-best spring record on the Lady’Back roster. The Quebec City, Quebec native is currently 5-0 in singles, with weekend wins against Kansas State, North Texas and Abilene Christian. Bordeleau clinched the match for Arkansas against North Texas’ Ingrid Stockinger on court six, 6-3, 6-1.