COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 18 Arkansas won the doubles point, but Wake Forest rallied back in singles play to defeat the Razorbacks 4-2 on Friday in the first round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Varsity Tennis Center.
“Hats off to Wake Forest today,” head coach Michael Hegarty said. “We played a beautiful doubles point, and I was extremely proud of the efforts we had in singles as well.”
Behind consecutive victories from senior Leolia Jeanjean and sophomore Natsuho Arakawa at No. 3 and then junior Ana Oparenovic and freshman Tatum Rice at the top spot, the Razorbacks carried a 1-0 advantage into singles play.
The Demon Deacons took a 3-1 lead, thanks to consecutive singles victories at the No. 1, 6, and 5 positions. Sophomore Giulia Pairone responded with a win in straight sets at No. 3, but Wake Forest’s Anna Ulyashchenko clinched the match with a win at No. 4.
Arkansas will play Kansas at 6 p.m. CT Saturday. Fans can follow Saturday’s match through live scoring here.
Wake Forest 4, No. 18 Arkansas 2
1. No. 72 Emma Davis (WF) def. Ana Oparenovic (AR) 6-4, 6-1
2. Mia Jurasic (AR) vs. No. 70 Eliza Omirou (WF) 6-2, 4-6, 2-5, unfinished
3. Giulia Pairone (AR) def. Chandler Carter (WF) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
4. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) def. Natsuho Arakawa (AR) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Joanna Zalewski (WF) def. Tatum Rice (AR) 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 6-1
6. M.C. Meredith (WF) def. Agne Cepelyte (AR) 7-5, 6-4
1. Ana Oparenovic/Tatum Rice (AR) def. No. 42 Eliza Omirou/Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) 6-2
2. Giulia Pairone/Mia Jurasic (AR) vs. Chandler Carter/Emma Davis (WF) 4-4, unfinished
3. Leolia Jeanjean/Natsuho Arakawa (AR) def. M.C. Meredith/Joanna Zalewski (WF) 6-3
Wake Forest 3-0
Arkansas 1-1; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,6,5,3,4)
Official: Jeri Banks T-2:45
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