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Women’s tennis doubles progress on day one of ITA Regional

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Arkansas women’s tennis team kicked off the ITA Central Regional Championship with main draw doubles action and singles and doubles qualifying matches on Thursday.

In the doubles main draw, the Razorback duo of Lenka Stara and Grace O’Donnell started the tournament strong with an 8-2 win over Oral Roberts’ Grammatikaki/Morini. The freshman duo of Yuhan Liu and Carolina Gomez-Alonso played out a dominant opener, shutting out their opponents 8-0 to advance to the second round tomorrow morning.

In singles qualifying, Whitney Robbins faced South Dakota’s Weinberg in the first round, losing 1-0, 0-6 to advance to the consolation draw. Robbins will face Kansas City’s Laura Baroja at 11 a.m. CT tomorrow to continue playing in the singles consolation bracket.

Freshman Morgan McCarthy was looking for her first singles victory as a Razorback, over Mary Houston of Missouri State in the first round of the singles qualifying draw. McCarthy won a demanding first set 6-1 and prevailed in the second set tiebreaker 7-6(8). Moving into the second round, McCarthy faced a tough test in South Dakota’s Grace Chadick. She fell in a difficult match in three sets, 1-6, 6-2, 3-10.

Razorbacks continue to play ITA Regionals as they begin competition in the two singles main draw Arkansas will have six players on the courts tomorrow: Kelly Keller, Grace O’Donnell, Indianna Spink, Yuhan Liu, Carolina Gomez- Alonso and Lenka Stara.

Live video, results and draws are all available on the tournament website.

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