FAYETTEVILLE – Senior Audrey Bordeleau claimed victories in both singles and doubles to surge the No. 40 ranked University of Arkansas Lady Razorback tennis team to a victory over Kansas, 5-2, on Saturday.
“This was a really great final match before heading to the ITA Team Indoor (Championship),” said Lady’Back head coach Michael Hegarty.
With two wins on Saturday, Bordeleau improved to 8-0 overall in singles and doubles on the season, the only Lady’Back with as many wins.
The Lady’Back tennis team, 4-0, will travel to Madison, Wisc. on Feb. 7-10 for the prestigious ITA National Team Indoors.
Earning the momentum with the first doubles point has been a catalyst for Arkansas as they captured the doubles point for the third straight match on Saturday.
Bordeleau and Anouk Tigu began the match off in the right way for Arkansas as they crushed Kinigunda Dorn and Yuliana Svistun, 8-2. The doubles clincher came when Ela Kaluder and Delia Damaschin captured an 8-5 win over Lauren Hommell and Magdalena Tokarczyk of Kansas. Maryori Franco and Nanar Airapetian,ranked No.45 by the ITA, were upset 8-6against Kansas’ Elizaveta Avdeeva and Edina Horvath to complete
With an early lead of 1-0, the Lady’Backs came out firing against the Jayhawks. The freshman from Holland, Tigu, took down Dorn, 6-1, 6-2, to put Arkansas three singles wins away from the match clincher. Bordeleau continued her great 2008 run to give her team a 3-0 lead when she dropped Svistun, 6-1, 6-2.
Kaluder provided a prime performance on Court 1 with a 6-2, 6-3 match clincher over Avdeeva. While another lopsided victory was sealed for the Lady’Backs, Airapetian, a junior from Germany, toppled Stephanie Smith on Court 6, 6-2, 6-3.
Amid a 5-0 lead and their fourth win of the season in the bag, Arkansas subsequently dropped their next two singles matches in third set super tiebreakers.
Damaschin was defeated by Horvath, 4-6, 6-3, 0-1 (10-5) in a close battle on Court 4. Franco jumped ahead 6-4 over Tokarczyk but dropped the final two sets, 6-7 (5), 0-1 (10-5), to end tennis action for the day.
The first match of the season at the newly reconstructed Billingsley Tennis Center was a very competitive match for both teams.
“We were tested the whole match, but our girls played strong,” said Hegarty. That super tiebreaker proves that five minutes in a tennis match is a very critical period.”
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1. Elizaveta Avdeeva/Edina Horvath (KU) def. #45 Maryori Franco/Nanar Airapetian (UA), 8-6.
2. Audrey Bordeleau/Anouk Tigu (UA) def. Kinigunda Dorn/Yuliana Svistun (KU), 8-2.
3. Ela Kaluder/Delia Damaschin (UA) def. Lauren Hommell/Magdalena Tokarczyk (KU), 8-5.
Order of Finish: (2,3*,1)
1. Ela Kaluder (UA) def. Elizaveta Avdeeva (KU), 6-2, 6-3.
2. Magdalena Tokarczyk (KU) def. Maryori Franco (UA), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 1-0 (10-5).
3. Anouk Tigu (UA) def. Kinigunda Dorn (KU), 6-1, 6-2.
4. Edina Horvath (KU) def. Delia Damaschin (UA), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5).
5. Audrey Bordeleau (UA) def. Yuliana Svistun (KU), 6-1, 6-2.
6. Nanar Airpetian (UA) def. Stephanie Smith (KU), 6-3, 6-3.
Order of Finish: (3,5,1*,6,4,2)