Jan. 20, 2013
HOUSTON – The Lamar women’s tennis team faced a second consecutive ranked opponent on Sunday, and once again it came out on the losing end, falling 7-0 to No. 36 Arkansas at The Galleria Tennis Club.
"I don't think the score indicates how well we played," head coach David Wong said. "We lost some close matches, and I think we learned a lot from the performances today. It's nice to play a team as good as Arkansas is. They're a well-coached team, and we'll get better."
Alicia Porte and Carolina Masó were responsible for the lone win on the day, combining to beat Yang Pang and Sarah McLean in 8-4 fashion at No. 2 doubles. However, the Lady Cardinals would not be as successful elsewhere as the duo of Carolina Salas and Hélène Czudek lost 8-3 at the top spot, and the team of Natalia Mayagoitia and Dariya Dashutina dropped an 8-5 decision at No. 3 to secure the doubles point for the Razorbacks.
In singles play, Pang defeated Salas 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1, and Claudine Paulson won 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2 to give Arkansas a decided advantage in the match.
Segou Jonker out-lasted Masó at the third position, hanging on for a pair of 7-6 wins, and after being the only Lady Card to post a victory on Friday, Mayagoitia lost 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4.
Czudek made Brittany Huxley work for the win at the fifth spot, winning 6-4 in the opening frame before ultimately losing in a tie-break.
At No. 6, Dariya Dashutina lost 7-5, 6-1 to Ana Lorena Belmar Hernandez.
The Lady Cards dropped to 0-2 this season, and the win was Arkansas’ third straight 7-0 decision to improve to 3-0.