FAYETTEVILLE—It did not take long for the University of Arkansas women’s tennis team to improve to 8-0 with a 6-1 pounding of the North Texas Mean Green Sunday morning at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
The 8-0 record marks the best start to season in Lady Razorback tennis history, and equals the total number of wins from last season. With the loss, North Texas slides to 5-2 on the year.
The Lady’Backs saw singles action first due to North Texas travel arrangements, but it did not slow the Arkansas wave of momentum built up over recent weeks. Karina Ledaja coasted to a win in a 6-2, 6-1 drumming of UNT’s Megan Schmulbach. Arkansas continued to roll towards a singles sweep as Vlatka Jovanovic, Maryori Franco, Audrey Bordeleau and Iliana Pacheco captured victories within minutes of each other. Freshman Yawna Allen completed the singles shutout on court five with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over the Mean Green’s Ashley Sammis.
“North Texas was a little weaker than I expected,” said head coach Michael Hegarty. “However, our girls did an excellent job taking care of business.”
In doubles, freshman Allison Linden saw her first action in a dual match on court two paired with Jovanovic. Together, the Arkansas tandem cruised to a win, 8-3 over Kelly Royer and Holly Lee.
“Since the singles went so quickly, we rested some folks in doubles,” Hegarty said. “It was great to see Allie play so strongly at No. 2 doubles.”
Arkansas is back on the courts this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. against Abilene Christian. Live scoring is available by following the stats link. For more information, please visit www.ladybacks.com.
Tennis Match Results
University of North Texas vs University of Arkansas
Feb 13, 2005 at Fayetteville, Arkansas
University of Arkansas 6, University of North Texas 1
1. Vlatka Jovanovic (UA) def. Krysta Lee (UNT) 6-1, 6-2
2. Iliana Pacheco (UA) def. Kelli Royer (UNT) 7-5, 6-0
3. Maryori Franco (UA) def. Katherine Harris (UNT) 6-1, 6-1
4. Karina Ledaja (UA) def. Megan Schmulbach (UNT) 6-2, 6-0
5. Yawna Allen (UA) def. Ashley Sammis (UNT) 6-2, 7-6(5)
6. Audrey Bordeleau (UA) def. Ingrid Stockinger (UNT) 6-3, 6-1*
1. Katherine Harris/Krysta Lee (UNT) def. Whitney Morton/Iliana Pacheco (UA) 8-5
2. Vlatka Jovanovic/Allison Linden (UA) def. Kelli Royer/Holly Lee (UNT) 8-3
3. Ashley Sammis/Megan Schmulbach (UNT) def. Yawna Allen/Audrey Bordeleau (UA), by default
T-2 hrs A-25
* clinched match