VU closes out Arkansas early
March 3, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 12 Vanderbilt relied on victories from the bottom of the lineup to defeat No. 50 Arkansas, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Billingsley Tennis Center.
With the win, Vanderbilt improved to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in SEC play, while the loss dropped Arkansas to 6-7 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
Vanderbilt recorded strong efforts from the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions to take an early 1-0 lead. Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares teamed up to take down Sarah McLean and Kimberley-Ann Surin, 8-4. The two sophomores are 16-6 this season as a tandem.
The Commodores needed little time in securing the win, as Altick, Antal and Sellyn each cruised to wins in the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 positions, clinching the victory for Vanderbilt.
At No. 5, Antal defeated Flavia Araujo in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. With her win, Antal is 9-1 in her last 10 singles matches. Altick won her fifth-consecutive singles match after cruising past Ana Lorena Belmar Hernandez, 6-0, 6-1.
Sellyn completed the victory for the Commodores with her win over Kimberley-Ann Surin, 6-3, 6-3. The Glasgow, Scotland, native is 13-5 this season and 7-3 in dual competition.
The Razorbacks would not pack it in, even though the outcome was already decided, as Arkansas won at positions Nos. 1, 2 and 3 to finish the match. (Yang) Pang took down Mira, 6-3, 6-3 in the top spot, while (Claudine) Paulson defeated Casares, 6-4, 6-2. (Sarah) McLean defeated Colton, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3.
Vanderbilt hosts No. 6 Texas A&M (March 8) and No. 71 Missouri (March 10) next weekend as part of a four-match homestand. Vanderbilt faced Texas A&M back in January during the Miami Invitational.
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