FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 45 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team was defeated 4-0by No. 4 Alabama at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Centerin Fayetteville, Ark., on Sunday.
The Razorbacks (5-8, 0-4 SEC) faced their seventh straight ranked opponent, but were unable to come up with an upset at home. Arkansas suffered defeats at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, as Alabama (12-2, 4-0 SEC) alsoearnedvictoriesat No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
Yang Pang and Shannon Hudson were holding tough against ranked opponents at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, butboth matches were left unfinished. Sarah McLeanwas also battling in a contestedcontest at No. 4 singles before the dual match was called in the 4-0 final.
DUAL MATCH RECAP– Alabama clinched its 12th doubles point of the season and took an early 1-0 lead, as the Crimson Tide won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. No. 38 Surin/Huxley hung with No. 18 Jansen/Routliffe early, but were unable to pull out what would have been their third upset of a ranked team this season.
– The Crimson Tide extended their lead to 2-0, as No. 75 Erin Routliffe defeated Kimberley – Ann Surin in straight sets (6-2, 6-1).
– The lead swelled to 3-0 for Alabama, as Emily Zabor wrapped up her match (6-3, 6-2) with Oleksandra Shkorupeieva at No. 5 singles.
– Alabama clinched the dual match victory at No. 6 singles, as Natalia Maynetto defeated Flavia Araujo, 7-5, 6-1.
NEXT UP: ROAD REVENGE?Arkansas travels next weekend and faces No. 10 Texas A&M on Friday, March 14,followed byMissouri on Sunday, March 16. The Razorbacks look to avenge losses they suffered to both teams last season at home. UA is 1-3 away from home so farthis season.
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FINAL: No. 4 Alabama 4, No. 45 Arkansas 0
SINGLES RESULTS1) No. 79 Mary Anne Daines (ALA) ledYang Pang(ARK) 6-4, 4-4 unf.
2) No. 123 Danielle Spielmann (ALA) ledShannon Hudson(ARK) 6-4, 2-3 unf.
3) No. 75 Erin Routliffe (ALA) def.Kimberley – Ann Surin(ARK) 6-2, 6-1
4) No. 67T Maya Jansen (ALA) ledSarah McLean(ARK) 6-3, 5-4 unf.
5) Emily Zabor (ALA) def.Oleksandra Shkorupeieva(ARK) 6-3, 6-2
6) Luicelena Perez (ALA) def. Flavia Araujo (ARK) 7-5, 6-1
DOUBLES RESULTS1) No. 18 Jansen/Routliffe (ALA) def. No. 38 Surin/Huxley (ARK) 8-3
2) Daines/Spielmann (ALA)def. McLean/Hudson (ARK) 8-5
3) No. 35 Zabor/Perez (ALA) led Pang/Shkorupeieva (ARK) 7-5 unf.