FAYETTEVILLE – Junior Claudine Paulson won her sixth straight match Sunday afternoon to help the No. 32 Razorback women’s tennis team to a 5-2 win over No. 53 Kansas State at the Billingsley Tennis Center. The win for Arkansas is their fifth of the season and fourth straight since losing to Nebraska last weekend. Paulson, who has yet to go to a third set in any of her singles matches, has won all six of her dual matches at the No. 4 position. After the three win weekend, she has pushed her record to 11-6 for the year.
Unlike the previous two days, Arkansas secured the doubles point after solid wins at courts one and three. From there, singles would be hard fought as half of the matches went to deciding third sets. The Razorbacks came out on top in two of those three-setters, which in turn was the difference in the match.
"It was definitely our best effort of the weekend," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "We scheduled this to be a difficult weekend for us to see what we’re made of and we took some steps in a great direction this weekend."
Arkansas got a quick doubles win to start the day at court three after seniors Emily Carbone and Stephanie Roy easily defeated Ana Gomez Aleman and Marketa Trousilova, 8-3, for their eighth win of the year. However, Kansas State inched out a close win at court two which ended in a tiebreaker. Therefore, the doubles point came down to court one that included a long back and forth battle between the Hog team of Paulson and sophomore Laurie Gingras and Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova and Carli Wischhoff.
Both doubles teams held serve for the majority of the match, but Kansas State eventually had their serve broken, which opened the door for the Hogs. Paulson and Gingras finished out the match with a two game lead, winning 8-6 for their fourth win of the season.
With the doubles point in tow, Arkansas was in the driver’s seat heading into singles, but Kansas State boasted two ranked singles players in Niedermayerova(#17) and Karli Bonacic(#94) at the top two positions. Arkansas struck with the first singles win at court four as Paulson defeated Wischhoff in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
KSU answered right back with a straight set win of their own at the top spot from Niedermayerova. Following that was Paulson’s doubles teammate, Gingras, who gutted out a tough second set with Trousilova to win 6-4, 7-5. The victory by Gingras is her ninth of the year.
All Arkansas needed was one more singles win, but the remaining three matches were being sent to third sets. All three Razorback players had lost the first set in those matches, but were determined to give themselves a chance by winning second sets across the board. The first to go final happened at court two as the ranked player in Bonacic proved to be too much in the end for Roy as she fell, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
As both of the remaining two matches were deep in their third sets, it seemed clear that Arkansas’ best chance to win would occur at court six between freshman Catherine Parenteau and Carmen Bourau Ramos. Parenteau had responded from a 6-2 first set loss to win set two by a score of 6-4. It only seemed fitting that the final set was decided in a tiebreaker and the youngest Hog on the team came through in the clutch with a 7-6(8) tiebreaking and clinching win.
With the win, Parenteau is right behind Paulson with one of the hottest starts to dual play. The Canada native has been a winner in five of her first six singles matches to start the spring season. Her only loss came at the hands of North Texas two days ago.
Arkansas will stay home for its next two matches as it will face Oklahoma next Friday at 11 a.m. and then Yale on Sunday also at 11 a.m. Both matches will be played at the Billingsley Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
No. 53 Kansas State 2No. 32 Arkansas 5
Complete Doubles ResultsOrder of Finish: 3, 2, 1*
No. 1 Claudine Paulson/Laurie Gingras (ARK) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Carli Wischhoff (KSU) 8-6No. 2 Carmer Borau Ramos/Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Kate Lukomskaya/Catherine Parenteau (ARK) 9-8(2)No. 3 Stephanie Roy/Emily Carbone (ARK) def. Ana Gomez Aleman/Marketa Trousilova (KSU) 8-3
Complete Singles ResultsOrder of Finish: 4, 1, 5, 2, 6*, 3
No. 1 #17 Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Emily Carbone (ARK) 6-2, 6-3No. 2 #94 Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Stephanie Roy (ARK) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4No. 3 Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) def. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3No. 4 Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Carli Wischhoff (KSU) 6-2, 6-3No. 5 Laurie Gingras (ARK) def. Marketa Trousilova (KSU) 6-4, 7-5No. 6 Catherine Parenteau (ARK) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(8)