Tennis beats Oral Roberts 5-2, improves to 3-6 in SLC

The UCA women’s tennis team traveled to Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday to face off against the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles.

UCA emerged victorious with a 5-2 score.

The Bears started slow and ORU won two of three doubles matches, but UCA came back in singles play to win five of six matches for a score of 5-2.

Juniors Kelsey Williams and Kristina Horsikyan fell to Oral Roberts sophomore Melanie Marlin and junior Marizanne Bouwer, who won 8-3 in the No. 1 doubles game of the day.

The Golden Eagles also took the No. 2 game with freshman Ximena Puentes and junior Haley Martin beating senior Simona Horsikyan and junior Cassidy Crawford 8-7.

ORU’s lead did not last long, as sophomore Krizia Buck and her partner senior Sasha Ruocco took the No. 3 match with an 8-3 win over freshman Mairead Cleary and sophomore Nika Munoz.

Buck had a successful day, winning both of her matches.

Coach Jeff Borengasser said Buck was a “standout performer” for her wins Sunday.

“We didn’t come out with the energy and focus that we needed, and we lost some critical points in our doubles matches, which cost our team the doubles point,” Borengasser said regarding the two doubles losses.

“The girls did a good job of bouncing back to play tough and smart in singles to overcome the deficit.”

During singles play, the Bears’ senior Simona Horsikyan fell in the No. 1 match to Martin’s 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

This was the final point for the Golden Eagles, though, and UCA went on to take the day’s remaining five singles matches.

Williams won the No. 2 match 6-3, 7-5, and Kristina Horsikyan won the No. 3 match 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Crawford defeated her opponent in the No. 4 match, and Buck won the No. 5 match 6-2, 6-3.

Sophomore Bianca Strukelj won the No. 6 match 6-3, 6-1.

This is the third consecutive win for the Bears (10-9, 6-3 SLC) in the Southland Conference. “It was a good win for the team against an Oral Roberts squad that is playing really hard,” Borengasser said.

“This match shows us again that maintaining focus and positive energy throughout every match is critical in order for us to meet our goals and play at the highest possible level over the last
few weeks of the season.”

UCA will have a full day on the courts at home next Sunday facing off against SLC opponent University of the Incarnate Word at 10 a.m. and University of Arkansas — Pine Bluff at 2:30 p.m.

UIW is 2-15 on the season and 0-8 in the conference.

UAPB is 6-11 on the season and 0-3 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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