Erin Gray and the Tigers face LSU Sunday.
April 7, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Using the doubles point to build momentum, No. 50 Arkansas was able to upend the Auburn women's tennis team, 7-0, on Friday at the Dills Indoor Complex.
The match was originally scheduled to be played outdoors in Bentonville, Ark., at the Wal-Mart Health and Fitness Center, but high winds forced the match indoors and back onto Arkansas' campus.
In facing 50th ranked Arkansas, Auburn faced its fifth consecutive ranked opponent and seventh in its last eight matches.
In singles play, Arkansas' 31st-ranked Aurelija Miseviciute topped Alex Haney, 6-0, 6-1. In the No. 2 match, Arkansas' Vlatka Jovanovic knocked off Whitney Chappell, 6-1, 6-3, who was shifted back to the No. 2 position after playing her last match in the No. 3 spot. Playing in the No. 3 position, Ashley Cowart lost her first set, 6-2, to No. 55 Ela Kaluder of Arkansas, before losing the second set and the match in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-2).
In the No. 4 match, Maryori Franco of Arkansas got past Irina Pljusznyin, 6-2, 6-0. At the No. 5 position, Melissa Cornett of Arkansas topped Dzeljan Memisi, 6-1, 6-0. Auburn's Erin Gray lost her first set, 6-1, in the No. 6 match before the Lady Razorbacks' Karina Ledaja was able to edge Gray in the second set, which went to a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-3).
Arkansas won the doubles point by taking all three matches. In the No. 1 match, Arkansas' top duo of Aurelija Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder upended the Tigers' duo of Alex Haney and Ashley Cowart, 8-2. The loss dropped the duo's record to 5-3 on the year.
In the No. 2 doubles match Dzeljan Memisi and Irina Pljusznyin were topped by Arkansas' tandem of Maryori Franco and Karina Ledaja, 8-3. Head coach Tim Gray used a different combination at the No. 3 position, where Whitney Chappell and Erin Gray were paired for the first time this season. In the closest of the three doubles matches, Chappell and Gray lost in a tiebreaker to Arkansas' team of Melissa Cornett and Vlatka Jovanovic, 8-7 (8-6).
Auburn returns to the courts on Sunday, when the Tigers travel to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU at 1 p.m. Live scoring for the match will be available on www.auburntigers.com.
Women's Collegiate Tennis
Arkansas 7 Auburn 0
April 7, 2006
1. No. 31 Aurelija Miseviciute, ARK def. Alex Haney, AU, 6-0, 6-1.
2. Vlatka Jovanovic, ARK def. Whitney Chappell, AU, 6-1, 6-3.
3. No. 55 Ela Kaluder, ARK def. Ashley Cowart, AU, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
4. Maryori Franco, ARK def. Irina Pljusznyin, AU, 6-2, 6-0.
5. Melissa Cornett, ARK def. Dzeljan Memisi AU, 6-1, 6-0.
6. Karina Ledaja, ARK def. Erin Gray, AU, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).
1. Miseviciute/Kaluder, ARK def. Alex Haney/Ashley Cowart, AU, 8-2.
2. Franco/Ledaja, ARK def. Dzeljan Memisi/ Irina Pljusznyin, AU, 8-3.
3. Cornett/Jovanovic, ARK def. Whitney Chappell/ Erin Gray, AU, 8-7 (8-6).