SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team has won its first road test of the season, beating Notre Dame in a 4-1 decision on Friday at the Courtney Tennis Center in South Bend, Indiana.
After the win, the Wildcats improve to 4-0 on the season, while the Fighting Irish start the year 0-1.
Playing on lane three, Fiona Arrese and Florence Urrutia defeated Maria Olivia Castedo and Yashna Yellayi 6-1, as the Wildcat duo expanded their double-record this year to 3-0. Carla Girbau and Ellie Eades defeated Carrie Beckman and Julia Andreach, 6-3, on the second lane to secure the double point for the UK.
Taking the momentum from doubles to singles, Arrese took the UK’s first point after beating Beckman 6-3, 6-2 on court four. Combined with her opening weekend wins against ETSU and Miami Ohio, the sophomore now moves to 4-0 on the season in singles.
Notre Dame then cut the deficit in half as Andreach defeated Girbau in a 6-3, 6-3 decision on lane two. However, Kentucky extended its lead again as No. 100 Charlotte Molina defeated Yellayi 7-5, 6-4 in third position to put the Wildcats 3-1.
Elizabeth Stevens certainly impressed in her first show of the season by winning the game for Kentucky on lane one. Trailing 2-6 to Freeman after the first set, she fought back to win the final two 6-1, 6-2 and give the Wildcats a 4-1 victory.
Kentucky returns home on Sunday, January 23 for a doubleheader with Southeast Missouri State at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. The first match starts at 10am ET and the second match at 2pm
Kentucky 4, Notre Dame 1
1. Elizabeth Stevens (UK) def. Page Freeman (Notre Dame) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
2. Beats Julia Andreach (Notre Dame). Carla Girbau (UK) 6-3, 6-3
3. No 100 Charlotte Molina (UK) def. Yashna Yellayi (Notre Dame) 7-5, 6-4
4. Fiona Arrese (UK) def. Carrie Beckman (Notre Dame) 6-3, 6-2
5. Florence Urrutia (UK) vs. Meghan Coleman (Notre Dame) Unfinished
6. Ellie Eades (UK) vs. Nibedita Ghosh (Notre Dame) Unfinished
Order of finishing: 4, 2, 3, 1*
1. No. 59 Elizabeth Stevens/Charlotte Molina (UK) vs. Page Freeman/Meghan Coleman Unfinished
2. Carla Girbau/Ellie Eades (UK) def. Carrie Beckman/Julia Andreach (Notre Dame) 6-3
3. Fiona Arrese/Florence Urrutia (UK) def. Maria Olivia Castedo / Yashna Yellayi (Notre Dame) 6-1
Order of finishing: 3, 2*
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