COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — The No. 14 Razorback women’s tennis team was defeated at the hands of the Texas A&M Aggies, 4-3, on Wednesday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station. The Hogs, who fell behind early in the match after losing the doubles point, battled back in singles to tie it up with one match remaining, but couldn’t get the job done and notched their fifth loss this year in their final non-conference match of the 2010 spring season.
Arkansas (12-5), was coming off the heels of two straight conference victories last weekend over Ole Miss and Mississippi State and was looking to pick up a solid non-conference win over the Aggies. In doubles play, the Hogs got an uncharacteristic slow start as they lost each of their doubles matches to drop the important doubles point with singles play looming. After losing a quick match at court two, 8-3, Arkansas showed some life at court three, but still lost the match, giving A&M the doubles point. The closest doubles match came after the point was already decided at court one, when the No. 54 team of Claudine Paulson and Anouk Tigu took Elze Potgieter and Nazari Urbina down to the wire. The Aggies still came out on top, however, winning the match, 9-7.
In singles play, it was the Razorbacks that struck first at court five, when freshman Kelsey Sundaram defeated Lauren Santacroce in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. With the team score now tied it became a back and forth battle as the Aggies won at court three and the Razorbacks won at court six, getting the win from the freshman, Paulson over Sheri Olivier, 6-4, 7-5, her eighth of the spring. Arkansas won the second straight team point at court four when sophomore Stephanie Roy defeated Christi Liles in a gutsy three-set victory, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, pulling the Razorbacks just one point away from the victory.
The Razorbacks then suffered a tough straight set loss at the number two position, which left the deciding match at number one between the two ranked singles players of No. 63 Potgieter and No. 55 Tigu. A&M’s Potgieter won the first set easily, 6-3, but then Tigu answered back in the second set, winning 6-2. In the final and match deciding set, the back and forth battle finally got its winner in Texas A&M, as Potgieter won set number three of her singles match, 6-4, giving the Aggies the 4-3 victory.
Arkansas gets a break from competition this weekend as no matches are scheduled, but will return to the courts Friday, March 26 against the Georgia Lady Bulldogs. The Hogs will then travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to take on the Lady Vols on Sunday, March 28. The match against Georgia will be a home match and played at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center. First serve is set for noon. For complete coverage of Razorback women’s tennis and match results, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Complete ResultsTexas A&M 4No. 14 Arkansas 3 DoublesNo. 1 Elze Potgieter/Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. #54 Claudine Paulson/Anouk Tigu (ARK) 9-7No. 2 Stephanie Davidson/Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Kate Lukomskaya/Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) 8-3No. 3 Christi Liles/Sheri Olivier (TAMU) def. Stephanie Roy/Valentina Starkova (ARK) 8-5Singles No. 1 #63 Elze Potgieter (TAMU) def. #55 Anouk Tigu (ARK) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4No. 2 #111 Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3)No. 3 #67 Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Emily Carbone (ARK) 6-2, 6-2No. 4 Stephanie Roy (ARK) def. Christi Liles (TAMU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1No. 5 Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) def. Lauren Santacroce (TAMU) 6-3, 6-1No. 6 Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Sheri Olivier (TAMU) 6-4, 7-5