FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior Aurelija Miseviciute dismantled opponents in rapid style leading the 14th-ranked University of Arkansas Razorback women’s tennis team to prevail, 6-1, over No. 34 Tulsa (3-1) on Sunday at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
Fans packed the tennis center to get a peak at one of the nation’s top teams along with some of the best players.
“This is certainly a great venue to watch high level tennis, and the quality of play today made for a great spectacle,” said Razorback head coach Michael Hegarty.
Miseviciute, ranked second nationally in singles, quickly disposed of Alexandra Kichoutkin, 6-0, 6-2. The win expanded the Razorbacks (2-0) lead to 2-0 after claiming the doubles point earlier in the match.
Freshman Emily Carbone shot past Marta Marcinkowska, 6-3, 6-2, for her fifth-straight singles victory, pushing the Hogs’ lead to 3-0. The clincher came as Anouk Tigu fired a missile past Thalia Diaz-Barriga winning 6-2, 6-3, and claiming the match for Arkansas.
“We always have great matches with Tulsa,” Hegarty said. “We have a lot of respect for their program and to win 6-1 is a big plus.”
Senior Ela Kaluder defeated Jie Zeng, 7-5, 6-1, extending the Arkansas lead, 5-0. With the match already claimed, the final two matches went to three-sets and ended with a super-tiebreaker. Nanar Airapetian dropped Caroline Bealieu on Court 5, while Kate Lukomskaya fell to Anastasia Erofeeva.
Arkansas snagged the doubles point early on as Miseviciute and Kaluder topped Zeng and Erofeeva, 8-3, before Carbone and Lukomskaya clinched the point, 8-5, over Barriga and Ewa Szatkowska.
The Razorbacks will be back in action at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center Wednesday at when they take on the SMU Mustangs, with first-serve set for 3 p.m.
#14 Arkansas- 6# 34 Tulsa- 1
Singles1. #2 Aurelija Miseviciute (Ark) def. Alexandra Kichoutkin (Tulsa), 6-0, 6-2.2. #66 Anouk Tigu (Ark) def. Thalia Diaz-Barriga (Tulsa), 6-2, 6-3.3. Ela Kaluder (Ark) def. Jie Zeng (Tulsa), 7-5, 6-1.4. Emily Carbone (Ark) def. Marta Marcinkowska (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-2.5. Nanar Airapetian (Ark) def. Caroline Bealieu (Tulsa), 4-6. 6-2. 1-0 (10-8)6. Anastasia Erofeeva (Tulsa) def. Kate Lukomskaya (Ark), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(10-7)Order of Finish: (1,4,2*,5,3,6)
Doubles1. Thalia Diaz-Barriga/Ewa Szatkowska (Tulsa) def. #8 Nanar Airapetian/Anouk Tigu (Ark), 9-8(5)2. Aurelija Miseviciute/Ela Kaluder (Ark) def. Jie Zeng/Anastasia Erofeeva (Tulsa), 8-3.3. Emily Carbone/Kate Lukomskaya (Ark) def. Thalia Diaz-Barriga/Ewa Szatkowska (Tulsa), 8-5.
Order of Finish: (2,3*,1)