DALLAS — Ela Kaluder battled for a three-set victory on the first court, but the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks could not complete the rally to defeat regional tennis foe SMU, 4-3, on Tuesday afternoon.
The rescheduled match due to rains during spring break saw the Lady’Backs’ two-match win streak snapped and drop to 9-9 overall.
The Lady’Backs picked up the doubles point to open the contest,and got a straight set win from Rachel Wilhelm at No. 5 over Georgiana Marta, 6-3, 6-3.
The rest of singles belonged to the Mustangswin straight-set wins at two, three and six to set the table for the deciding matches.
Kaluder won her first set with Natalia Bubien in a shutout before giving up the second, 6-3. Kaluder closed out with another perfect set for the 6-0, 3-6, 6-0, victory.
All eyes turned to the fourth court where Audrey Bordeleau delivered for the Lady’Backs at Starkville last weekend, but was unable to pull out victory over Pavi Francis in a grueling 7-5, 6-4, loss.
The Lady’Backs resume their regular schedule this weekend with matches back in Southeastern Conference Western Division play at Auburn on Friday and Alabama on Sunday.
Tennis Match Results Arkansas vs Southern Methodist 4/3/2007 at Dallas, Texas
#56 Southern Methodist 4, Arkansas 3
Singles competition 1. Ela Kaluder (UA) def. Natalia Bubien (SMU) 6-0, 3-6, 6-0 2. Jennifer Chay (SMU) def. Maryori Franco (UA) 6-1, 6-3 3. Claire Rietsch (SMU) def. Nanar Airapetian (UA) 6-1, 6-3 4. Pavi Francis (SMU) def. Audrey Bordeleau (UA) 7-5, 6-4 5. Rachel Wilhelm (UA) def. Georgiana Marta (SMU) 6-3, 6-3 6. Kristen Reid (SMU) def. Melissa Hoffmeister (UA) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition 1. Nanar Airapetian/Maryori Franco (UA) def. Bubien, Natalia/Rietsch, Claire (SMU) 8-5 2. Ela Kaluder/Audrey Bordeleau (UA) def. Chay, Jennifer/Francis, Pavi (SMU) 8-3 3. Neveklovska, Monica/Reid, Kristen (SMU) def. Melissa Hoffmeister/Rachel Wilhelm (UA) 8-4
Match Notes: Arkansas 9-9 Southern Methodist 15-4; National ranking #56 Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (6,2,3,1,5,4)