ASU Women's Tennis beats UALR 5-2 Saturday afternoon

Little Rock (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's tennis team (7-8) wrapped up its regular season with a 5-2 win over in-state Sun Belt Conference rival of UALR (11-12) Saturday afternoon in Little Rock.

"We had a bad start to the match with doubles," said ASU head coach Marcia Williams.  "We played well at No. 1, but we were really off at No. 2 and 3.  But, I was proud of the girls' effort in singles, because we have struggled all Spring trying to get more than two or three girls to play well in singles against a quality team.  However, today everyone fought hard, and we were able to pull out five wins.  I hope we can carry the momentum into the conference tournament next week."

The Red Wolves dropped the doubles point, only winning at the No. 1 spot.  Elne' Barnard and Rone' van Wyk teamed up to top UALR's Yana Kakovkina and Veronique Luksich 8-2.

ASU bounced back in singles action, taking victories in all but one match.  Barnard defeated Luksich 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 1, while Jenny Herring posted a 6-3, 6-0 win over Anne Weijenborg at No. 2.  At the No. 3 spot, van Wyk won in straight sets 7-6, 6-4 over Kakovkina, and Ioana Teu did the same 6-2, 6-2 over Rebec van den Houte at No. 5. Maria Alemán rounded out the Red Wolves' wins at No. 6, topping Nathalia Garay 7-6, 1-6, 6-4.

The Red Wolves will travel to New Orleans, La. to wrap up the 2010 season at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament April 22-25.

Singles competition
1. Barnard, Elne (ASU) def. Luksich, Veronique (UALR) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
2. Herring, Jenny (ASU) def. Weijenborg, Anne (UALR) 6-4, 6-0
3. van Wyk, Rone' (ASU) def. Kakovkina, Yana (UALR) 7-6, 6-4
4. Lopez, Fanny (UALR) def. Kamal, Menna (ASU) 6-4, 7-6
5. Teu, Ioana (ASU) def. Van Den Houte, Rebec (UALR) 6-2, 6-2
6. Aleman, Maria (ASU) def. Garay, Nathalia (UALR) 7-6, 1-6, 6-4

 Doubles competition
1. Barnard, Elne/van Wyk, Rone' (ASU) def. Kakovkina, Yana/Luksich,
Veronique (UALR) 8-2
2. Weijenborg, Anne/Van Den Houte, Rebec (UALR) def. Teu,
Ioana/Ojdanic, Tina (ASU) 8-1
3. Garay, Nathalia/Lopez, Fanny (UALR) def. Herring, Jenny/Kamal,
Menna (ASU) 8-5