FAYETTEVILLE – The 32nd-ranked Razorback women’s tennis team found themselves down early for the second straight day after losing the doubles point with Oklahoma State, but the Hogs found a way to win four singles matches and score their fourth win of the year. The 4-3 decision in favor of the Razorbacks is their second straight win by that score and third straight win over the Cowgirls in three seasons.
"To get another strong win from behind after losing the doubles point is a testament to the toughness this team is developing," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "Certainly, we want to get a better start, but it’s a very good feeling to know your team is going to hustle and grind until the very last point and that was probably the difference today."
In doubles, it was all Oklahoma State as the Cowgirls took wins at courts one and three to quickly earn the doubles point. However, Arkansas was determined to not be swept heading into singles play and the team of senior Kate Lukomskaya and freshman Catherine Parenteau defeated Meghan Blevins and Mary Jeremiah, 9-7. The win for the two Hogs was their third of the year together.
As both teams went into singles, it seemed that the Razorbacks were going to use that little momentum from the final doubles match and carry it over into singles play. It seemed to work for Arkansas as junior Claudine Paulson was the first to finish, once again, as she dominated her match from start to finish. Her 6-2, 6-3 win over Jeremiah was her tenth of the season and makes her the first Razorback to double-digit wins this year. The victory also extends Paulson’s winning streak to five matches heading into Sunday.
Now that the score tied at 1-all, it was a new match for the Hogs. Senior Emily Carbone continued her hot start to the season with a 6-3, 6-0 win at the top spot over C.C. Sardinha, as she is now 4-1 in dual match play. Parenteau followed suit at court five, although her second set with Kanyapat Narattana was a little tougher to close out. After the 6-1 first set win, Parenteau gutted out a 7-5 second set win and keep Arkansas out in front. After three singles matches, the Hogs were three-for-three and in good position for the overall match win.
Oklahoma State made things interesting after winning at court six to cut the score to 3-2, but Lukomskaya was on the plus side of things at court three and leading Blevins 5-4 in the second set after a 6-2 first set win. Blevins battled back in the second frame to tie it at 5-all, but Lukomskaya went on to win two straight games and clinch the overall match with a 7-5 second set victory. The win for Lukomskaya was her sixth of the year and first clinching win in five matches.
The Razorbacks will be riding a three match winning streak into Sunday’s meeting with No. 53 Kansas State. The match is slated to begin at noon and will be played at the Billingsley Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas. The live blog and live stats will be available during the match.
Oklahoma State 3No. 32 Arkansas 4
Complete Doubles ResultsOrder of Finish: 3, 1*, 2
No. 1 #32 Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Laurie Gingras/Claudine Paulson (ARK) 8-4No. 2 Kate Lukomskaya/Catherine Parenteau (ARK) def. Meghan Blevins/Mary Jeremiah (OSU) 9-7No. 3 Isabela Miro/C.C. Sardinha (OSU) def. Emily Carbone/Stephanie Roy (ARK) 8-6
Complete Singles ResultsOrder of Finish: 4, 1, 5, 6, 3*, 2
No. 1 Emily Carbone (ARK) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 6-3, 6-0No. 2 Malika Rose (OSU) def. Stephanie Roy (ARK) 6-4, 6-4No. 3 Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) def. Meghan Blevins (OSU) 6-2, 7-5No. 4 Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Mary Jeremiah (OSU) 6-2, 6-3No. 5 Catherine Parenteau (ARK) def. Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) 6-1, 7-5No. 6 Isabela Miro (OSU) def. Laurie Gingras (ARK) 6-4, 6-2