LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Tech women's tennis squad lost a hard-fought match to the No. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks this afternoon at the Dills Indoor Courts at the Billingsley Tennis Center, 4-3.
Texas Tech claimed each of the three doubles matches and two singles matches with Arkansas fighting back to take the remaining four singles matches.
In doubles play, Texas Tech won the doubles point and took an early 1-0 lead in the match. Caroline Starck and Nikki Sanders won their No. 2 doubles match over Razorbacks Claudine Paulson and Kelsey Sundaram, 8-2. Lady Raiders Elizabeth Ullathorne and Haley Fournier clinched the doubles point for Tech with their 8-4 win over Jade Frampton and Valentina Starkova. At No. 1 doubles, Kelsy Garland and Samantha Adams gave Texas Tech the doubles sweep with their 8-7 (6) win over Kate Lukomskaya and Stephanie Roy.
Razorback Jade Frampton won her match at No. 6 singles over Lorena Aviles, 6-1, 6-3, to square the match at 1-1. No. 21 Arkansas took a 2-1 match lead with Stephanie Roy's win at No. 4 singles over Kelsy Garland, 6-4, 6-1. The Razorbacks moved out to a 3-1 lead when Claudine Paulson stopped Lady Raider Samantha Adams at the second singles spot, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Sophomore Elizabeth Ullathorne brought Texas Tech within a point when she won the No. 1 singles match over Kate Lukomskaya, 6-1, 6-2. Teammate Caroline Starck knotted the match at 3-3 as she defeated Razorback Emily Carbone at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-4.
The match came down to Texas Tech's Sandra Dynka and Arkansas's Valentina Starkova at No 5. singles. Starkova won the first set, 6-3. Sandra Dynka fought back to win the second set, 7-6 (5). The players traded games in the third set with Starkova pulling ahead 5-4, and won the game, set, and match with a 6-4 win in the third set.
Texas Tech hosts their first two home matches of the season on Feb. 19 against North Texas and Cameron. First serve at the McLeod Tennis center with UNT is at 12 p.m. while the match with Cameron gets underway at 6 p.m.
Texas Tech assistant coach Todd Chapman- "Coach Petty and I are very proud of how our team fought today. We had a long, tough match yesterday and the players came out today and battled in every match. We played really good doubles and fought a very good Arkansas team to the final singles point. We did have our opportunities in these two 4-3 losses this weekend and we'll work harder to learn to take advantage of those openings. That's something which will be very important to each player as we get closer to conference play."
#21 Arkansas 4, #69 Texas Tech 3
Feb 13, 2011 at Fayetteville, Ark. (Billingsley Tennis Center)
Doubles competition (order of finish: 2, 3*, 1) 1. Kelsy Garland/Samantha Adams (TT) def. Kate Lukomskaya/Stephanie Roy (ARK) 8-7 (6) 2. Caroline Starck/Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Claudine Paulson/Kelsy Sundaram (ARK) 8-2 3. Elizabeth Ullathorne/Haley Fournier (TT) def. Jade Frampton/Valentina Starkova (ARK) 8-4
Singles competition (order of finish: 6, 4, 2, 1, 3, 5*)
1. Elizabeth Ullathorne(TT) def. Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) 6-1, 6-2
2. Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Samantha Adams(TT) 7-6 (6), 6-3
3. Caroline Starck (TT) def. Emily Carbone (ARK) 6-4, 6-4
4. Stephanie Roy (ARK) def. Kelsy Garland (TT) 6-4, 6-1
5. Valentina Starkova (ARK) def. Sandra Dynka (TT) 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4
6. Jade Frampton (ARK) def. Lorena Aviles (TT) 6-1, 6-3