FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 22 Razorback women’s tennis team made easy work of the No. 66 North Texas Mean Green on Saturday as they won their dual match opener, 7-0, at the Dills Indoor Courts. Although the Hogs were not able to sweep all three doubles matches, they were able to win the doubles point and then sweep all the singles matches from there.
“This was an encouraging start to our dual match season today,” said Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty. “North Texas played very hard, so we had to play very good tennis to get the outcome we wanted. We’ve got an even greater challenge tomorrow against Texas A&M, but we look forward to it.”
The Hogs and Mean Green got things started in doubles play and nearly as fast as it got started the match at court three was over. The team of sophomore Valentina Starkova and freshman Jade Frampton had a nearly flawless victory over Amy Joubert and Paula Dinuta in shutout fashion, 8-0, to take the first doubles match.
North Texas made it interesting after making a big surprise at court one taking the victory for the team of Nadia Lee and Madura Ranganathan over the 35th-ranked doubles team of sophomore Kelsey Sundaram and junior Kate Lukomskaya, 8-4. The doubles point would come down to court two, but the Hogs had it well in hand as senior Anouk Tigu and sophomore Claudine Paulson defeated Irina Paraschiv and Barbora Vykydalova, 8-4, for their first doubles win of 2011. With that win, Arkansas would take a 1-0 lead into singles play.
In singles, the Razorbacks would have a much easier time clinching the overall match as they won three quick matches in straight sets to take the victory. Junior Stephanie Roy, who did not play in doubles, had the best match out of any player as she was the first to take her match and get a point for the Hogs. Roy made sure Ranganathan did not make it two straight on the day as she nearly made the double bagel, 6-0, 6-1.
At court six, Frampton would win the all-important clinching match after defeating Joubert, 6-2, 6-2. That win gives her 10 total dating back to the beginning of the fall season. The only two matches that would not go in straight sets would be on courts one and three, however, Tigu would bounce back after a tough second set to defeat Dinuta, while Paulson would suffer a first set setback but settle down to win the final two over Paraschiv, giving the Hogs the clean sweep.
The women’s tennis team’s opening dual-match weekend will continue tomorrow as they will face the 36th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies at the Dills Indoor Tennis Courts with the first serve scheduled for 11 a.m. For all information regarding the Razorback women’s tennis team, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Complete Results vs. No. 66 North TexasNo. 22 Arkansas 7No. 66 North Texas 0Complete Doubles ResultsOrder of Finish: 3, 1, 2*No. 1 Nadia Lee/Madura Ranganathan (UNT) def. #35 Kate Lukomskaya/Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) 8-4No. 2 Anouk Tigu/Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Irina Paraschiv/Barbora Vykydalova (UNT) 8-4No. 3 Valentina Starkova/Jade Frampton (ARK) def. Amy Joubert/Paula Dinuta (UNT) 8-0Complete Singles ResultsOrder of Finish: 4, 2, 6*, 5, 3, 1No. 1 #26 Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. Paula Dinuta (UNT) 6-2, 0-6, 6-3No. 2 Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) def. Nadia Lee (UNT) 6-2, 6-2No. 3 Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Irina Paraschiv (UNT) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-1)No. 4 Stephanie Roy (ARK) def. Madura Ranganathan (UNT) 6-0, 6-1No. 5 Valentina Starkova (ARK) def. Barbora Vykydalova (UNT) 6-4, 6-2No. 6 Jade Frampton (ARK) def. Amy Joubert (UNT) 6-2, 6-2