FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s tennis team (6-3) returned home to the Billingsley Tennis Center on Saturday, flying over Wichita State (6-5) by a score of 4-0 followed by a 4-1 win over Arkansas State (2-4).
“I’m so happy with the effort the girls put in today. We have worked very hard over the past two weeks to prepare for these upcoming challenges,” said head coach Sanchez-Quintanar. “We had two very good teams that came to us today and they gave us everything they had. The girls understood the challenge and came out ready to take care of business. I can’t tell them. ask for more than that. I’m very proud of the team today and excited for the week ahead and our trip to Dallas.
The Razorbacks started the morning with a 1-0 lead over Wichita State after clinching the doubles run on courts one and two. On the second court, sophomores Indianna Spink and Kelly Keller outshot their Shockers opponents, 6-1, to put Arkansas at one. With a change in the doubles line-up for the day, Lenka Stara and Laura Rijkers were placed on the first court where they secured the first point with a 6-3 victory. The duo are now 4-0 in the No.1 position.
Arkansas continued to play singles, winning the first set on all six courts. Laura Rijkers struck first for the Hogs, with a 6-1, 6-4 win on court five over Wichita State’s Dohee Lee. On court three, Lenka Stara quickly followed with a 6-2, 6-4 win. Stara is currently undefeated in singles and has won her last nine matches. Sophomore Kelly Keller won the game for the Razorbacks, 6-3, 6-2, earning her first victory at the No. 1 position.
Beginning in the afternoon game against Arkansas State, the Razorbacks came out again and won on courts one and two to clinch the doubles point. Kelly Keller and Indianna Spink easily beat Red Wolves’ Humbert/Vdovychenko 6-0 for second place. Laura Rijkers and Lenka Stara closed the doubles with a 6-1 win to give the Razorbacks a 1-0 advantage heading into the singles game.
Lenka Stara continued her undefeated singles game, winning the first singles point for Arkansas on court three where she beat opponent Red Wolves 6-1, 6-0. Stara is undefeated at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots and has won its last nine games.
At No. 5, rookie Grace O’Donnell earned her first singles win as a Razorback, beating Arkansas State’s Yasmine Humbert 6-1, 6-0. Laura Rijkers closed out the match win with a 6-1, 6-2 win on court four.
The Razorbacks are back on the road next weekend when they travel to Dallas, Texas to take on the SMU Mustangs on Sunday, Feb. 27 at noon.
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