CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The 21st-ranked University of Arkansas Razorback women’s tennis team finished their non-conference schedule with a 5-3 record after a, 7-0, loss at the hands of eighth-ranked Miami on Wednesday.
The Hogs (8-4, 3-1) started off the day with a strong battle in doubles. Miami’s Laura Vallverdu and Michaela Kissell, ranked 33rd overall, upset No. 28 Nanar Airapetian and Anouk Tigu, 8-4. The freshman duo of Emily Carbone and Kate Lukomskaya gave a valiant effort on Court 3 winning, 9-7, over Claudia Wasilewski and Gabriela Mejia. Julia Cohen and Bianca Eichkorn snatched the first point of the day, 8-6, against Aurelija Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder in what was a very close doubles point.
Following doubles the Hurricanes (14-3) carried over their strong play into singles by grabbing all six matches for the match sweep.
Sixth-ranked Cohen shot past No. 4 Miseviciute, 6-1, 6-1, extending the lead to 2-0. Meija dropped Airapetian, 6-1, 6-2, closing Miami in on the match clincher. The Hurricanes sealed the match when No. 24 Laura Vallverdu defeated 68th-ranked Tigu, 6-2, 6-2.
Although the match was thus won by Miami, they continued to rack up points to close out the day.
In a hard-hitting battle on Court 4, No. 40 Eichkorn slipped past Carbone, 7-5, 6-2, as the remaining two matches reached a super tiebreaker in the third set. Kissell, ranked No. 50, won the tiebreaker over Kaluder, 10-8, while Lukomskaya fell to Wasilewski, 10-6, as Miami finished the sweep.
The Razorbacks will be back in action in Fayetteville hosting Southeastern Conference opponent Tennessee on March 27 at 12 p.m.
Singles1. #6 Julia Cohen (UM) def. #4 Aurelija Miseviciute (Ark), 6-1, 6-1.2. #24 Laura Vallverdu (UM) def. #68 Anouk Tigu (Ark), 6-2, 6-2.3. #50 Michaela Kissell (UM) def. Ela Kaluder (Ark), 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (10-8)4. #40 Bianca Eichkorn (UM) def. Emily Carbone (Ark), 7-5, 6-2.5. Gabriela Mejia (UM) def. Nanar Airapetian (Ark), 6-1, 6-2.6. Claudia Wasilewski (UM) def. Kate Lukomskaya (Ark), 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
Order of Finish (1,5,2*,4,3,6)
Doubles1. #33 Michaela Kissell/Laura Vallverdu (UM) def. #28 Nanar Airapetian/Anouk Tigu(Ark), 8-4.2. Julia Cohen/Bianca Eichkorn (UM) def. Aurelija Miseviciute/Ela Kaluder (Ark), 8-6.3. Emily Carbone/Kate Lukomskaya (Ark) def. Claudia Wasilewski/Gabriela Mejia (UM), 9-7.Order of Finish (1,3,2*)