FAYETTEVILLE — The no. 17 Razorback women’s tennis team bounced back from its first loss of the season last weekend to shut out Louisiana-Lafayette, 7-0, Saturday at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center. The Hogs now move to 4-1 on the year while the Ragin’ Cajuns fall to 0-2.
“We bounced back really well after splitting two matches last weekend,” said head coach Michael Hegarty. “We improved in a lot of areas that will definitely help us in tomorrow’s match and into the rest of the season.”
In doubles action, Arkansas was able to get quick victories at its no. 2 and 3 position. However, they had a little trouble closing out the no. 1 spot, but junior Anouk Tigu and freshman Claudine Paulson were able to defeat the Cajun tandem of Julie Mazinova and Briggitt Marcovich, 8-6, to get a sweep of the doubles matches and move ahead, 1-0, going into singles play.
Across the board, the Razorbacks were in control from the beginning as they won their first match of the day for singles merely 45 minutes after play began. Freshman Kelsey Sundaram defeated Mia Gordon for that match, 6-2, 6-0. The run continued as freshman Valentina Starkova defeated Shelby Dufrene in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, to give the Hogs a comfortable 3-0 lead with four matches remaining. Sophomore Emily Carbone was able to win the clinching match at the number three spot over Briggitt Marcovich, 6-0, 6-4, to give the team their fourth win of the spring season.
The Hogs will be back in action early tomorrow at 9 a.m. as they take on no. 61 Utah at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center. Live stats will be available throughout the match as well as complete results posted online.Complete Results No. 17 Arkansas 7Louisiana-Lafayette 0Doubles ResultsOrder of Finish: 3, 2*, 1No. 1 Anouk Tigu / Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Julie Mazinova / Briggitt Marcovich (ULL) 8-6No. 2 Kate Lukomskaya / Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) def. Mia Gordon / Audrey Wooland (ULL) 8-2No. 3 Stephanie Roy / Valentina Starkova (ARK) def. Milou Israel / Shelby Dufrene (ULL) 8-1Singles ResultsOrder of Finish: 5, 6, 3*, 4, 1, 2No. 1 Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. Audrey Wooland (ULL) 6-2, 6-1No. 2 Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) def. Julie Mazinova (ULL) 6-4, 6-1No. 3 Emily Carbone (ARK) def. Briggitt Marcovich (ULL) 6-0, 6-4No. 4 Stephanie Roy (ARK) def. Milou Israel (ULL) 6-0, 6-4No. 5 Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) def. Mia Gordon (ULL) 6-2, 6-0No. 6 Valentina Starkova (ARK) def. Shelby Dufrene (ULL) 6-1, 6-2