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Razorbacks back on SEC grind after break

Razorbacks back on SEC grind after break
FAYETTEVILLE — The 37th-ranked Razorback women’s tennis team has had a week-long break since its last matches, but will return to the courts this weekend as they will have home and away matches with No. 7 Georgia and No. 12 Tennessee, on Friday and Sunday respectively. The team will also have a non-conference match with Oral Roberts Friday morning before the Georgia match at the Billingsley Tennis Center.
Arkansas is currently 8-6 on the year and 1-3 in SEC play. Since conference play started, the Razorbacks have struggled to put victories on the board as they have lost three of their last four matches. Last time out, Arkansas had a tough go with Auburn and Alabama as they dropped both matches.
The team still got good performances out of seniors Emily Carbone and Stephanie Roy, who teamed up in doubles to pick up their 13th win of the year. Roy also recorded her eighth singles win of the year in the match against Auburn. Against Alabama, senior Kate Lukomskaya notched the only point for the Razorbacks as she became the fifth player on the team to reach 10 wins this season in singles.
Roy has been one of the solid singles players for Arkansas over the last couple of weeks as she has won two straight heading into this weekend, which included wins against Kentucky and Auburn. The senior has eight wins total for the season and has been splitting time between the top three singles positions in dual play.
Along with Roy, Arkansas has been getting consistent play from junior Claudine Paulson and sophomore Laurie Gingras, who have been going back and forth with the team lead in wins for several weeks. Paulson holds the lead now at 14 wins, but Gingras is right behind her at 13.
Freshman Catherine Parenteau has also been a bright spot for the Razorbacks this year as she has been racking up the wins since dual play began back in January. Her 11 wins are good for second on the team and she has eight wins in dual play which are second most among Razorbacks.
In doubles, Arkansas now has one team in the doubles rankings for the first time this year. The duo is currently ranked No. 120 in the nation by ITA as they have notched seven wins on the year and has been Arkansas’ top doubles team since the beginning of the spring season. Six of their wins have come in dual play alone.
The Razorbacks first match this weekend will be against 7th-ranked Georgia at the Billingsley Tennis Center. The Bulldogs come in with a 13-2 overall record and are 3-1 in the SEC and are 3-0 on the road this year. Four Bulldogs are in the top 75 in singles plus one doubles team is in the top 10.
Senior Chelsey Gullickson is ranked No. 8 with a 24-7 record. Sophomore Maho Kowase, who is 17-5, checks in at No. 40. Freshman Lauren Herring leads the team with a 25-6 record and is ranked No. 51. Sophomore Kate Fuller, who is 23-8, is ranked No. 69.
In doubles, Gullickson and senior Nadja Gilchrist are ranked No. 8 with an 18-5 mark. Georgia’s other top doubles teams are Fuller/Herring and Kowase and sophomore Lilly Kimbell. The Fuller/Herring team owns a 23-11 record while the Kowase/Kimbell tandem is 13-2 with an impressive 11-match winning streak.
On Sunday, Arkansas will go on the road to face 12th-ranked Tennessee in Knoxville. The Lady Vols are 11-6 this season and 2-2 in conference play. Four players have 10 wins or more in singles this season and three of those players are currently ranked by ITA. Brynn Boren, who is No. 25 in the nation, leads the team with 19 wins, followed by No. 29 Natalie Pluskota, who has 10 wins, and then No. 37 Kata Szekely is second on the team with 18 wins.
In doubles, the Lady Vols have two teams ranked in the top-15. Boren and Sarah Toti are 12th in the country with a 25-5 overall record and 10 wins at the No. 2 spot. Holding down number one for Tennessee is Pluskota and Caitlyn Williams, who are No. 15 with a 7-4. All seven of their wins have come at the top spot this spring.
Friday’s match for the Razorbacks against Georgia is set for a 1 p.m. start, but will follow the 9 a.m. match against Oral Roberts at the Billingsley Tennis Center. Sunday’s match against Tennessee will have first serve go up at noon. Live stats will be available for all three matches and the live blog will be available for the Oral Roberts and Georgia matches on Friday. A full recap with complete results can be found online following each day’s play.

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