BOULDER, Colo. — The Razorback women’s tennis team had a much better second day on the courts at the Buff Invite on Saturday in Boulder, Colo. The doubles team of senior Kate Lukomskaya and junior Claudine Paulson advanced to the finals of the doubles bracket and sophomore Laurie Gingras reached the final match of the Black singles bracket with a gritty three-set win over Christa Gecheva of Wyoming, 6-7(4), 7-6(7), 6-3.
“We did a much better job with the altitude today,” said Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty. “We made some good adjustments and set ourselves up for a strong finish tomorrow.”
After all the back draw matches and main draw matches were played, the Hogs went 8-1 overall on Saturday in singles and doubles, 6-1 in singles. The main story continues to be the doubles team of Lukomskaya and Paulson, who won their second match in as many days, with an 8-4 winner over Wyoming’s Gecheva and Simona Synkova. Their final match for the championship pits them against Colorado’s Carla Manzi Tenorio and Krissi Schliech. The Lady Buffs were able to advance to the finals with a win over Hog seniors Emily Carbone and Stephanie Roy, 8-5.
Gingras was the other bright spot for the Hogs as she won her first singles match as a Razorback in grand three-set fashion. She advances to the bracket final against Sasi Nemcova of Wyoming, which will be played on Sunday after the 11 a.m. doubles final.
Paulson had a chance to advance to the finals of the singles main draw after defeating Elena Najera-Salas of Denver, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0, but another Denver counterpart had other ideas. Madeleine Saari-Bystrom defeated Paulson in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-2 to prevent Paulson from playing in the final. Other Hogs earning wins in the various back draw matches were Lukomskaya, Carbone and Roy.
The Razorbacks will finish out the Buff Invite on Sunday starting with the doubles final at 11 a.m. The singles final will be played soon after. No more back draw matches will be played on Sunday.
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Buff Invite Results (Day 2)
Complete Doubles Results
Kate Lukomskaya/Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Simona Synkova/Christa Gecheva (WYO) 8-4
Silver Back Draw
Laurie Gingras/Catherine Parenteau (ARK) def. Rath/Boboc (DU) 8-2
Complete Singles Results
Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Elena Najera-Salas (DU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-0
Madeleine Saari-Bystrom (DU) def. Claudine Paulson (ARK) 6-3, 6-2
Laurie Gingras (ARK) def. Christa Gecheva (WYO) 6-7(4), 7-6(7), 6-3
Gold Back Draw
Stephanie Roy (ARK) def. Carla Manzi-Tenorio (CU) 6-3, 6-0
Emily Carbone (ARK) def. Emma Isberg (DU) 6-1, 6-3
Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(7)
Black Back Draw
Catherine Parenteau (ARK) def. Titi Espinosa (WYO) 6-4, 6-2
Download: Silver Doubles .pdf