CONWAY, Arche. – The University of Arkansas women’s tennis team had a successful weekend to start the fall season at the UCA Invitational, pocketing 19 wins in total.
The Razorbacks faced competition from Central Arkansas, Harding, Arkansas State, Southern Arkansas, McNeese State, Oral Roberts, Kansas City, Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City and Murray State over the two invitational days.
Arkansas had 10 singles wins with three Razorbacks ranking among the best in their steals. Sophomore Morgan Cross impressed with her two wins over Canete of Central Oklahoma (7-5, 5-7, 10-3) and Britt of Harding (6-2.6-2). Cross ended the invitation by defeating Fuka Nonoyama (6-4, 6-4).
The most recent addition to the roster, transfer Lenka Stara, took his first victories as a pig. Stara beat her first two opponents in straight sets, MSU Geolier (6-2, 6-2) and Oklahoma City Brocks (6-3, 6-0). Finishing her first weekend as a Razorback, Stara battled in a three-set tiebreaker to defeat Jaeun Lee of Central Arkansas (6-2, 3-6, 10-4).
Senior Laura Rijkers shone in all three of her victories, taking first place in the third flight. Rijkers claimed two wins over Allison Carpenter of Harding (6-4, 6-1) and Yada Vasupongchai of UCA (6-2, 6-4) on day one and defeated Kreugel of Murray State (7-5, 6 – 4) for the championship.
In doubles, the two Razorback duos went undefeated this weekend to win their steals. Morgan Cross teamed up with Tatum Rice to quickly take out Arkansas State Rice / Zukic, 6-1, on the maiden flight. Cross and Rice quickly took first place in a 6-2 victory over Xin and Nonoyama of Central Arkansas.
The Razorback duo of Lenka Stara and Laura Rijkers advanced to the quarter-finals in the second steal, beating the pair of Racers, 6-3. Stara and Rijkers fought hard in the final against UCA’s Vasupongchai and Ishimura and won 7-5.
The Razorbacks will continue to play fall in two weeks, when they travel to Waco, TX for the HEB Invitational hosted by Baylor (October 1-3).
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