Wake Forest Takes Down No. 18 Arkansas
Jan. 26, 2018

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Wake Forest women's tennis team stormed back to defeat No. 18 Arkansas, 4-2, on Friday afternoon in Columbus in their first match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend.

Wake Forest (3-0) picked up its first win over a top-20 opponent since defeating No. 10 Virginia, 4-3, on March 20, 2016.

In doubles action, the Razorbacks (1-1) took control, winning, 6-3, at No. 3 before clinching the first point of the match with a 6-2 win over No. 42 Eliza Omirou and Anna Ulyashchenko at No. 1. Emma Davis and Chandler Carter were tied, 4-4, in their match at No. 2 when the Razorbacks clinched.

Down 1-0 heading into singles play, Davis quickly swung momentum back toward Wake Forest with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 1. The Demon Deacons took a 2-1 lead in the match when Mary Caroline Meredith prevailed, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 6.

Joanna Zalewski outlasted Tatum Rice in three sets to put Wake Forest one point away from taking the match. Moments later, the Razorbacks closed the gap with a win at No. 3.

However, the Deacs clinched the match when Ulyashchenko won a second-set tiebreaker to defeat Natsuho Arakawa, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) In the No. 2 position, Omirou led 2-6, 6-4, 5-2 when Ulyashchenko clinched the Wake Forest victory.

Up next, the Deacs return to action tomorrow at 4 p.m. against No. 14 Ohio State. The winner will earn a spot in the ITA National Indoor Championships.

Doubles Results:
1. Ana Oparenovic / Tatum Raice (ARK) def. No. 42 Eliza Omirou / Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) 6-2
2. Giulia Pairone / Mia Jurasic (ARK) vs. Emma Davis / Chandler Carter (WF) 4-4, unfinished
3. Leolia Jeanjean / Natsuho Arakawa (ARK) def. Mary Caroline Meredith / Joanna Zalewski (WF) 6-3

Singles Results:
1. No. 72 Emma Davis (WF) def. Ana Oparenovic (ARK) 6-4, 6-1
2. Mia Jurasic (ARK) vs. No. 70 Eliza Omirou (WF) 6-2, 4-6, 2-5, unfinished
3. Giulia Pairone (ARK) def. Chandler Carter (WF) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
4. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) def. Natsuho Arakawa (ARK) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Joanna Zalewski (WF) def. Tatum Rice (ARK) 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 6-1
6. Mary Caroline Meredith (WF) def. Agne Cepelyte (ARK) 7-5, 6-4