Women Tennis Narrowly Beaten by No. 23 Arkansas 4-3
April 11, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. – One singles match stood between the University of Kentucky women’s tennis team and No. 20 Arkansas as the Wildcats almost upset the No. 23 Razorbacks on a beautiful day at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center. Arkansas narrowly edged the Blue and White 4-3.
The doubles point belonged to Arkansas who won on courts No. 2 and No. 3. UK’s No. 1 doubles team, Caroline Lilley (Portland, Ore.) and Minnette Pienaar (Graaf-Reinet, South Africa), both sophomores, upset the 39th-ranked pair of Anouk Tigu and Stephanie Roy 8-2. On the second court, Megan Broderick (Tampa, Fla.) and Christine Johnston (Columbus, Ohio) stayed tough against sophomore Kate Lukomskaya and freshman Kelsey Sundaram, but were defeated 8-5. Wildcats freshmen Elle Coldiron (Lexington, Ky.) and Nicole Scates (Lexington, Ky.) were overpowered by Emily Carbone and Claudine Paulson 8-1.
The first Wildcat to score was Pienaar. She made quick work of Roy, beating the Razorback 6-1, 6-3 for her sixth win at No. 4 singles.
In the No. 1 singles slot, junior Broderick faced a challenging opponent in No. 65 Tigu. The two quickly traded two breaks apiece in the first set, but Tigu would come out on top 6-4. The Razorback again struck quickly in the second, breaking Broderick in her first service game. Tigu would go on to win 6-4, 6-0.
Lilley easily took the first set from No. 115 Kate Lukomskaya on court No. 2. In the second, they each held serve, leading to a tiebreaker. Lilley gutted it out and claimed the match 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).
After Lilley’s victory, Johnston outlasted Emily Carbone of Arkansas in a super tiebreaker 5-7, 6-2, (10-7).
Johnston was celebrated by her teammates, friends, and family today as part of a Senior Day commemoration.
“Not only has she dramatically improved on the court since her first year as a Wildcat,” UK head coach Carlos Drada said, “but she has made a huge impact on this program. Christine has impacted her teammates and coaches with her class and dependability. People look forward to watching her because they know they will get her best effort every time. She has become a benchmark in this program for all those that she precedes.”
Kentucky will finish out both its regular season and Southeastern Conference schedules in its final match at No. 31 Vanderbilt on March 17 at 1 p.m. ET.
Stay tuned to UKathletics.com for complete coverage of UK women’s tennis.
Kentucky (2-18, 0-10 SEC) 3, LSU (15-8, 4-5 SEC) 4
1. Caroline Lilley/Minette Pienaar (UK) def. No. 39 Anouk Tigu/Stephanie Roy (ARK) 8-2
2. Kate Lukomskaya/Kelsey Sandaram (ARK) def. Megan Broderick/Christine Johnston (ARK) 8-5
3. Emily Carbone/Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Elle Coldiron/Nicole Scates (UK) 8-1
1. No. 65 Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. No. 98 Megan Broderick (UK) 6-4, 6-0
2. Caroline Lilley (UK) def. No. 115 Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Christine Johnston (UK) def. Emily Carbone (ARK) 5-7, 6-3, (10-7)
4. Minnete Pienaar (UK) def. Stephanie Roy (ARK) 6-2, 6-3
5. Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) def. Elle Coldiron (UK) 6-0, 6-0
6. Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Nicole Scates (UK) 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish: Doubles : 3, 1, 2* Singles: 5, 6, 1, 4*, 2, 3