FAYETTEVILLE – The 29th-ranked Razorback women’s tennis team was in good position on all six singles courts after winning the first set in each of the matches, but could not close things out against the Mississippi State Bulldogs Sunday afternoon and dropped a 4-3 decision in its final home match of the season.
Arkansas (10-9, 2-6 SEC) had lost the doubles point to start the day, but came out of the gates fast in singles to win all six first sets. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs (7-10, 1-7 SEC) forced third sets in three of the matches and ended up winning all three of the three setters for the team victory.
After losing the doubles point, the Razorbacks were forced to play catch up in singles and seemed to be well on their way to doing that early on. Arkansas not only got first set wins in all six matches, but got dominating performances from senior Stephanie Roy
and sophomore Laurie Gingras
, who each won their matches in straight sets to give Arkansas the 2-1 lead in the team standings.
Roy was the first player off the courts as she dispatched Olesya Tsigvintseva, 6-1, 6-0. It was a great for Roy to finish her Razorback career at home, losing only one game in the entire match en route to her 11th victory of the year and fourth in conference play.
Gingras followed suit to her teammate as she notched her team-leading 16th win of the year with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Naomi Tran. Gingras now has 11 dual match wins, which also leads the team to go along with three Southeastern Conference victories.
Arkansas got a third straight victory at court six after freshman Catherine Parenteau
also won her match in straight sets. After winning a tough first set with her counterpart, Roseline Dion, 7-6(2), Parenteau made quick work of her opponent in the second set, 6-3, for her 12th win of the year and ninth in dual play. It is also Parenteau’s seventh win at the No. 6 position.
Even with the big lead and needing only one more singles win, the rest of the day went Mississippi State’s way as they took courts one, three and five to deciding third sets. The Bulldogs went on to win on all three of those courts and complete the comeback in what was a marathon four and half hour match from start to finish.
The Razorbacks go on the road for their remaining three matches of the regular season. They will travel next week to Florida and South Carolina before finishing the season at LSU. The Florida match will be played on Friday with first serve going up at 4 p.m., while the South Carolina match is set for Sunday and will start at noon.
Mississippi State 4
#29 Arkansas 3
Complete Doubles Results
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3
Complete Singles Results
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 6, 1, 3, 5*
No. 1 #113 Alexandra Perper (MSU) def. Emily Carbone
(ARK) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 Stephanie Roy
(ARK) def. Olesya Tsigvintseva (MSU) 6-1, 6-0