FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 65 Razorback women’s tennis team (8-3, 1-0) continues to play Southeastern Conference opponents this weekend, moving to No. 39 Vanderbilt (8-3, 0) -2) Friday and at No. 43 Kentucky (11 -3, 0-2) Sunday.
In the SEC opener, the Razorbacks improved to 8-3 on the season and 1-0 in conference, beating Missouri 5-2 on Saturday. The Razorbacks got off to a good start, not losing a single game in doubles. The doubles tandem of Morgan Cross and Tatum Rice moved up to 28th in the latest ITA doubles rankings, the duo leading 5-0 against the Tigers on the first court before the doubles point was clinched. In second place in the doubles, Kelly Keller and Indianna Spink secured the point in the doubles with a decisive 6-0 win to claim their fifth consecutive victory.
In singles, second Morgan Cross kicked things off by winning her fourth straight match in fifth place in a 6-2, 6-2 win. Sophomore Lenka Stara also continued her winning streak, beating her Tigers opponent in straight sets to claim her 11and direct game.
Arkansas earned its first win over the Commodores since 2009 when they upset No. 9-ranked Vanderbilt last season in a 4-3 home showdown. Senior Laura Rijkers took the win for Arkansas in a three-set comeback victory on court six.
The Commodores have two ranked singles players, junior No. 46 Anna Ross and second No. 64 Anessa Lee. In the No. 1 position for Vanderbilt, Ross is 6-2 and 2-0 against ranked opponents, falling in a tough 3-6, 0-6 game in the loss to Alabama. Ross teams up with Yufei Long in doubles, ranking 78th in the latest ITA doubles rankings. The pair have only played together three times this season going 2-1 on the first court. Sophomore Anessa Lee is a dominant figure on court two, going 6-2 and 2-0 against nationally ranked players.
Arkansas is 9-24 overall in the series against Kentucky, looking to end an eight-game losing streak against the Wildcats on Sunday. The Wildcats are led by No. 104 Carlota Molina, who plays in Kentucky’s top three spots. Molina is 1-1 against nationally ranked opponents, losing in his last game in a three-set tiebreaker against Auburn’s No. 52 Arseneault.
Friday’s game against the Commodores is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and Sunday’s game against the Wildcats is scheduled to start at noon. Live stats and video will be available to fans at the links on our schedule page.
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