Roll By No. 38 Alabama women’s tennis with four singles wins


TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The No. 33 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team closed out the weekend in Alabama with four singles wins to defeat the Crimson Tide, 4-1. The Razorbacks improve to 12-5 on the season and 5-2 in Southeastern Conference play.

The Crimson took an early lead, taking the doubles point with wins on courts one and two. On the first court, Tatum Rice and Morgan Cross lost a close 7-5 match against Loudmilla Bencheikh and Anne Marie Hiser of Alabama to give them the advantage. The duo Kelly Keller and Indianna Spink led 6-5 before the point was scored.

In singles action, the Razorbacks got off to a good start, winning the first set over five courts.

On court six, junior Laura Rijkers tied the game at 1-1 with a straight-sets 6-3, 6-1 victory and Morgan Cross followed with a 6-4, 5-2 victory on court five to put Arkansas ahead 2-1. The Crimson Tide fought back taking the second set on courts one and two to force a tie-breaking third set, but Indianna Spink also showed up to split the sets on short three.

Sophomore Lenka Stara struck next for the Razorbacks, beating Alabama’s Anna Parkhomento 7-6, 6-4 on court four to put Arkansas within one point of the win.

On the first court, graduate Tatum Rice picked up her second win of the weekend to clinch the Razorbacks victory. Rice won the first set 6-2, but Bencheikh split the match with a 2-6 win in the second. Tatum continued to roll as he won the third-set tiebreaker 6-3 over Alabama’s No. 74 Loudmilla Bencheikh. Rice improves to 7-5 in first place and 4-4 against nationally ranked opponents.

The Razorbacks return home next weekend to continue conference play, hosting No. 31 Tennessee on Friday, April 1 and No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs on Sunday, April 3 at Billingsley Tennis Center.

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