April 2, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- The No. 50 Auburn women's tennis team (8-7, 2-5), fighting for sole possession of second-place in the SEC West standings against Arkansas, was defeated 6-1 Friday afternoon at Dills Tennis Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. Senior Myrthe Molenveld picked up the lone Auburn victory of the day at No. 3 singles, defeating Arkansas' Emily Carbone, 6-3, 6-4.
The day began as the Razorbacks tandem of Claudine Paulson and Valentina Starkova defeated the Auburn freshman pairing of Carolina Thornton and Plamena Kurteva 8-1 in No. 3 doubles. At No. 2, Molenveld paired with freshman Paulina Schippers for the first time this season, and were defeated by Arkansas' Kate Lujomskaya and Kelsey Sundaram by an 8-3 count to secure the doubles point.
Auburn fought hard in No. 1 doubles, as seniors Fani Chifchieva and Jil Hastenrath pushed Arkansas' Anouk Tigu and Stephanie Roy to a tie-breaker, but were defeated 8-7 (7) as Arkansas swept doubles action.
The Razorbacks then began singles by rattling off a trio of victories at No. 2, 5 and 6 singles. Sundaram defeted Thornton at No. 5, 6-1, 6-1, and Paulson knocked off Schippers at No. 6, 6-3, 6-2. Lukomskaya clinched the match for the Razorbacks in second-flight action, as the 115th-player in the country defeated Auburn sophomore Daniela Vukadinovic by a 6-2, 6-4 count.
The Tigers got on the board as Molenveld won the first set against Razorback Emily Carbone, 6-3. Carbone rallied in the second set, winning the frame 6-4 to send the match into a tie-breaker. However, the senior from The Netherlands regained herself in the tie-break, winning 7-5 to take the match and improve to 7-8 and 2-5 in SEC play this season.
Molenveld's victory proved to be the only Tiger victory of the day, as No. 65 Tigu defeated No. 54 Chifchieva 6-4, 6-4 in first-flight action. Roy concluded action on the day by defeating Hastenrath at No. 4, 6-4, 6-1.
The Tigers return to action Sunday at noon, as the squad travels to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers. Live stats will be available courtesy of LSU via AuburnTigers.com.
No. 22 Arkansas 6, No. 50 Auburn 1
1. #65 Tigu (ARKANSAS) def. # 54 Chifchieva (AU-W) 6-4, 6-4
2. #115 Lukomskaya (ARKANSAS) def. Vukadinovic (AU-W) 6-2, 6-4
3. Molenveld (AU-W) def. Carbone (ARKANSAS) 6-3, 3-6 (5)
4. Roy (ARKANSAS) def. Hastenrath (AU-W) 6-4, 6-1
5. Sundaram (ARKANSAS) def. Thornton (AU-W) 6-1, 6-1
6. Paulson (ARKANSAS) def. Schippers (AU-W) 6-3, 6-2
1. Tigu/Roy (ARKANSAS) def. Chifchieva/Hastenrath (AU-W) 8-7 (7)
2. Lukomskaya/Sundaram (ARKANSAS) def. Molenveld/Schippers (AU-W) 8-3
3. Paulson/Starkova (ARKANSAS) def. Thornton/Kurteva (AU-W) 8-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2*,1); Singles (5,6,2*,3,1,4)