TULSA, Okla. -
The Trojan tennis team will begin the second part of the season this weekend
when it travels to take on both universities in Tulsa, Okla. UALR begins play
Saturday at 9 a.m. against Oral Roberts before taking on Tulsa Sunday (Jan. 20)
at 8:30 a.m.
"I am very excited to start our spring season. We play a
tough schedule with some teams being ranked in the top 25. This will give us
great competition and experience for our conference play," head coach Abby
Wilson said. "We start the season with a tough road trip against Oral Roberts
and Tulsa, who are both strong teams. Tulsa has a great tennis program and is
ranked No. 25 to start the season.
"The match against the Golden Hurricane will only help us improve
our skills," Wilson added.
After a strong fall showing which included a pair of trips
to Kansas and a journey to Arkansas State, the Trojans welcome a pair of
newcomers for spring competitions. Sophomore Dané Vorster hails from Australia and is a transfer from Texas
A&M. She went 1-8 in singles play while 2-4 in doubles in the fall of 2011
for the Aggies.
Kamilla Galieva is
also beginning play in the spring. In 2011, she was victorious in three tennis
tournaments in Russia.
The two newcomers will join a nucleus of five players who
saw action for UALR in the fall. Senior Veronique Luksich claimed a singles bracket championship at Arkansas State (Nov. 2-4,
2012) after freshman Christel Amsallem
and sophomore Michaela McShane
shared a singles championship at the Second KU Fall Invite (Oct. 19-21, 2012).
Luksich also claimed a runner-up finish at KU while senior Yana Kakovkina and Amsallem both claimed runners-up honors at ASU.
Junior Viktoriya Plyuta finished 2-6 in fall play.
"Veronique, Yana and Viktoriya all played in the top three
last year," Wilson explained. "With that experience, I am expecting leadership
and high-level play from them. Michaela and Christel both bring great
work-ethic and attitudes to the court.
Wilson added, "With the addition of Kamilla and Dane', I am
looking forward to having strong players throughout the line-up."