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Junior Viktoriya Plyuta picked up her first singles win of the season.
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Tennis Rallies for Dominating 5-2 Win at UA-Fort Smith
UALR Sports Information
Release: 01/30/2013

FORT SMITH, Ark. - Defaulting at sixth singles, the Trojans knew it would be facing a 1-0 deficit before the match even started. UALR (3-1) responded by winning the doubles point and took 4-of-5 singles matches in claiming the 5-2 win over UA-Fort Smith (1-1) Wednesday (Jan. 30).

"I am really proud of the five girls. We had to start the match from behind and they all came ready to play and got us the win," head coach Abby Wilson said.

UALR responded to the deficit with a pair of doubles wins to knot the match at one. Senior Veronique Luksich teamed up with sophomore Michaela McShane for the 8-4 win at first doubles. Second doubles went to sophomore Dané Vorster and freshman Kamilla Galieva 8-2.

Tied at one, Luksich put UALR up for good with a dominating win at first singles, 6-0, 6-2 over UAFS' Masa Podunavac. Junior Viktoriya Plyuta went an extra game to win the first set 7-5 but cruised to take the second game 6-3 for the victory straight-setter at second singles against Monique Melton.

Galieva only dropped one game in a straight-set victory over Madison Carr at fourth singles. McShane won at fifth singles 6-4, 6-3 over Abby Thompson.

The Lady Lions' Amy Belanger took a 6-3, 7-5 win over Vorster at third singles while Whitney Hobson won by default at sixth singles for UAFS' two points.

UALR returns to action Saturday (Feb. 2) when it hosts Troy in North Little Rock. Match time between the two Trojans at Burns Park is set for 11 a.m.

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