NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s tennis team kicked off its 2022 dual season by defeating Central Arkansas, 6-1, and Kansas City, 5-0, on Saturday at Burns Park Tennis Center.

Starting the day against their foe in the state, the Razorbacks quickly took the double with a three-court sweep. The doubles duo of Tatum Rice and Morgan Cross continued to dominate, beating their opponent from the Bears 6-2 on the first court. Sophomore Lenka Stara made his double-season debut as a Razorback with partner Laura Rijkers playing in second place with a 6-2 victory. On court three, Indianna Spink and Kelly Keller swept the double, earning a 6-1 win over the Central Arkansas duo.

In singles action, the Razorbacks continued to roll with four straight wins to secure the game victory. Graduate student Tatum Rice earned her first first-place win by defeating Central Arkansas’ Xin (6-4, 6-0). Indianna sophomore Spink fought back in a narrow three-set (6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)) win to end the game for Arkansas.

The Razorbacks changed the doubles lineup against Kansas City, but were still able to earn the doubles point. On the first court, Lenka Stara and Laura Rijkers won 6-2. The tandem of Kelly Keller and Indianna Spink brought home the doubles point for the Hogs with a 6-2 win for second place.

Rijkers secured the Razorbacks’ first singles victory, quickly eliminating their opponent 6-1, 6-2 on court five. Kelly Keller followed, dropping just two games in a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3.

On court two, Indianna Spink won the game for the Razorbacks in a 6-0, 6-2 win over opponent Roos. Tatum Rice closed out the win at the No. 1 position with a 6-0, 6-1 win.

The Razorbacks continue to play in North Little Rock tomorrow Sunday, Jan. 23, taking on the Austin-Peay Governors at 9 a.m. CT.

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