Starkville, MS The University of Arkansas women’s tennis team lost 4-0 to the Mississippi State Bulldogs after the match was moved indoors to the McCarthy Gymnasium Friday afternoon.
The doubles point was as close a race as any as Maryori Franco and Karina Ledaja evened the score at one match apiece after a Lady’Back loss on court one. The Arkansas pair improves to 9-5 together for the season and marks their third Southeastern conference win this season.
With the doubles knotted at one, the doubles point came down to senior-freshman team Iliana Pacheco and Audrey Bordeleau. The match was forced into a tiebreaker, with Mississippi State’s Polina Kokoulina and Magdi Rekasi holding on for an 8-7(4) win to give MSU a 1-0 advantage.
A two-court dynamic put Jovanovic and Pacheco on the singles court first, but MSU extended their lead with wins on both lines. On court three, Ledaja dropped her first set, 6-3, to MSU’s Tarryn Rudman, but jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second. Rudman came back, winning five straight games to put the Lady’Backs on the ropes. Ledaja won the next two to even the score, but Rudman squeezed out two more games to give Mississippi State the win.
With the loss, the Lady Razorbacks slide to 10-7 for the year and 0-7 in SEC play. The Bulldogs improve to 10-3 for the year and 4-3 in the SEC, extending their lead at the top of the Western Division.
The Lady’Backs return to Fayetteville tomorrow in preparation for a Sunday afternoon match against Ole Miss. Live stats are available at ladybacks.com under the stat’ menu on the homepage. For more information, please visit www.ladybacks.com
Tennis Match Results
University of Arkansas vs. Mississippi State
Apr 01, 2005 at Starkville, Mississippi
Mississippi State 4, University of Arkansas 0
1. Zsuzsanna Fodor (MSU) def. Vlatka Jovanovic (UA) 6-4, 6-0
2. Anastasia Kugakolova (MSU) def. Iliana Pacheco (UA) 6-4, 6-1
3. Tarryn Rudman (MSU) def. Karina Ledaja (UA) 6-3, 7-5
4. Renee Joseph (MSU) was leading Maryori Franco (UA) 3-2
5. Audrey Bordeleau (UA) vs. Polina Kokoulina (MSU) no result
6. Melissa Cornett (UA) vs. Magdi Rekasi (MSU) no result
1. Zsuzsanna Fodor/Anastasia Kugakolova (MSU) def. Melissa Cornett/Vlatka Jovanovic (UA) 8-4
2. Maryori Franco/Karina Ledaja (UA) def. Hayley Rudman/Tarryn Rudman (MSU) 9-7
3. Polina Kokoulina/Magdi Rekasi (MSU) def. Audrey Bordeleau/Iliana Pacheco (UA) 9-8(4)