FAYETTEVILLE – The Razorback women’s tennis team racked up its fifth win of the season Sunday as they defeated no. 61 ranked Utah, 6-1, at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center. Arkansas now moves to 5-1 on the spring season as they prep for their first road match next weekend.
“It was definitely a strong performance overall for us today,” said head coach Michael Hegarty. “Utah is going to be a factor at the end of the season, so this will definitely help us down the stretch.”
Sunday’s matches began just like the day before as the Razorbacks were able to win the doubles point fairly easily over the Utes. The team of Anouk Tigu and Claudine Paulson clinched the doubles point in their match, 8-3, over Erin Monson and Andrea Maughen of Utah at the number one doubles spot.
Singles play was nearly as flawless as the Hogs picked up right where they left off. For the second day in a row, freshman Kelsey Sundaram was able to win the first singles match of the day as she defeated Missy Harris, 6-3, 6-0. Sophomore Stephanie Roy followed suit as she won her match in straight sets right after, 6-2, 6-1, over Utah’s Paige Miles at the number three spot. With the 3-0 lead, Arkansas clinched the dual match at the number one spot when Tigu finished off Monson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
The strong finish to the homestand leads the Hogs to their first road matchup of the spring season against no. 35 Tulsa next Saturday. The Razorbacks lead the all-time series against the Golden Hurricane, 20-2, with its last victory coming just last season.
The next home match for Arkansas will be Friday, February 26, when they take on the Memphis Tigers. Complete match results will be available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.No. 17 Arkansas 6No. 61 Utah 1Doubles Results Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3No. 1 Anouk Tigu/Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Erin Monson/Andrea Maughen (UTAH) 8-3No. 2 Kate Lukomskaya/Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) def. Paige Miles/Missy Harris (UTAH) 8-0No. 3 Stephanie Roy/Valentina Starkova (ARK) def. Lisa Johnson (UTAH) 8-5Singles ResultsOrder of Finish: 4, 3, 1*, 6, 5, 2No. 1 Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. Erin Monson (UTAH) 6-4, 6-1No. 2 Emily Carbone (ARK) def. Evgenia Kryuchkova (UTAH) 6-4, 7-5No. 3 Stephanie Roy (ARK) def. Paige Miles (UTAH) 6-2, 6-1No. 4 Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) def. Missy Harris (UTAH) 6-3, 6-0No. 5 Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Andrea Maughen (UTAH) 6-1, 6-4No. 6 Lisa Johnson (UTAH) def. Valentina Starkova (ARK) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)