COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The No. 45 Arkansas women's tennis team defeated Missouri Wednesday afternoon to open the SEC Tournament, advancing to the second round to face the No. 6 seed Kentucky Thursday morning.
The Hogs continued their strong doubles play, once again clinching the point in straight sets. Lauren Alter and Tatum Rice gave Arkansas a one-set advantage with a 6-1 victory before Miruna Tudor and Jackie Carr clinched the point at the No. 3 position.
The Razorbacks quickly went up 3-0, as Tudor earned a 6-2, 6-1 win and Alter defeated Lisa Fukutoku at the No. 3 position. The Tigers earned their lone point of the match as Laura Rijkers fell 7-6(3), 6-0 before No. 85 Martina Zerulo clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over No. 114 Mackenzy Middlebrooks.
Arkansas will face No.27 Kentucky in the second round of tournament play, with first serve against the Wildcats set for 10 a.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.