Harding Women's Tennis falls 5-4 to UAFS

From Harding University

Harding women's tennis fell 5-4 to Arkansas-Ft. Smith on Tuesday in its first match of the fall season. The Lady Bisons won two doubles matches and two singles matches.

"I really think we have made progress," Harding head coach David Elliott said. "UAFS was very solid, but we have to get tougher."

Harding's doubles points came at No. 1 and No. 3. Benyapa Phumtip and Ali Rowden teamed for the first time and won 9-7 at No. 1. Phumtip has a 27-8 career doubles record with 22 wins coming at No. 1. It was Rowden's Lady Bison debut. Chelsea Lanier and Katie Huff won 8-4 at No. 3. Lanier, a senior, has 45 career doubles victories.

Phumtip and Rowden earned Harding's two points in singles play. Phumtip won in straight sets at No. 1 with Rowden winning in straight sets at No. 2 in her first collegiate singles match.

Harding returns to action Tuesday, Oct. 2 against Hendrix in Searcy.

Tennis Match Results
Arkansas-Ft. Smith vs Harding
Sep 25, 2012 at Searcy, Ark.
(Harding Tennis Courts)
Arkansas-Ft. Smith 5, Harding 4
 Singles competition
1. Benyapa Phumtip (HU) def. Abby Whittemore (UAFS) 6-2, 6-0
2. Ali Rowden (HU) def. Madison Carr (UAFS) 6-4, 6-2
3. Taylor Price (UAFS) def. Kaleigh Wagner (HU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Amy Belanger (UAFS) def. Katie Huff (HU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-2
5. Monique Melton (UAFS) def. Chelsea Lanier (HU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Abby Thompson (UAFS) def. Autrey Bradley (HU) 6-2, 6-3
 Doubles competition
1. Benyapa Phumtip/Ali Rowden (HU) def. Abby Whittemore/Taylor Price (UAFS) 9-7
2. Madison Carr/Amy Belanger (UAFS) def. Kaleigh Wagner/Maria Moreno (HU) 8-2
3. Chelsea Lanier/Katie Huff (HU) def. Monique Melton/Abby Thompson (UAFS) 8-4
Match Notes:
Arkansas-Ft. Smith 1-0
Harding 0-1