KANSAS CITY, Mo. -
UALR (7-2) is off to one of the best starts in school history thanks to a 6-1
win over Rockhurst (2-2) and a 4-3 victory over UMKC (2-4) Sunday (Feb. 17) in
Kansas City, Mo.
"We needed a total team effort today and that is exactly what happened," head coach Abby Wilson explained. "It is tough playing three matches in two days so by the time we came to our final contest of the weekend, against a much-improved team in UMKC, we needed to have great conditioning.
"I am proud of the team with what we saw on the court and I am happy that we got three wins this weekend," Wilson added.
UALR closed out the day when it pulled out a tough one-point
victory over UMKC. After senior Yana
Kakovkina and junior Viktoriya
Plyuta (3-4) dropped an 8-4 decision in the top spot to UMKC's Laura Bouet
and Eva Dalvai, the second and third doubles team won for the Trojans to
capture the critical doubles point. UALR tied doubles thanks to an 8-6 win by sophomore
Dané Vorster and
freshman Kamilla Galieva (6-0) over Amelie Amsallem and Gabby Pintos
at the third spot.
The doubles point all came down to the second slot. Senior Veronique Luksich and sophomore Michaela McShane (5-2) pulled out a 9-7 decision over Dimitra
Stavrianakou and Susan Lizenby.
UALR clinched the match after four singles matches, but UMKC
finished strong to lose by one. The home team tied the match when Amsallem beat
Vorster 6-0, 6-1 at fifth singles. Galieva (8-1) responded with a solid 6-3,
6-1 win over Lisenby at fourth singles.
With the Trojans up 2-1, Kakovkina (5-2) came from behind to
put UALR on the verge of clinching the match. After losing the first set to
Dalvai 6-4, Kakovkina tied the match with an identical 6-4 set win before
taking the third 6-2 for the victory at second singles. Luksich (8-1) won 6-4,
2-6, 6-1 at the top spot over Bouet.
UMKC won at third and sixth singles in come-from-behind
fashion. Stavrianakou bested Plyuta (3-5) at the third spot 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Schulte handed McShane (6-1) her first loss of the season 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Earlier in the day, UALR defeated Rockhurst with a sweep in
doubles play and a 5-1 record in singles action. Luksich and McShane teamed up
for an 8-6 victory over Karsyn Betts and Christine Schatz.
The Trojans clinched the doubles point when Galieva and Vorster
(5-0) won 8-3 over Washburn's Kim de Groot and Alex Schelble in the second
slot. Freshman Christel Amsallem and Kakovkina (1-0) put the exclamation point
at third doubles with an 8-2 win over Kim Vrugteveen and Abby Kayser.
In singles action, Luksich did not drop a game in a win
over Betts. Second singles saw Kakovkina claim a 6-1, 6-3 win over Schatz.
Galieva won 6-0, 7-5 over Schleble at third doubles to clinch the match for the
McShane lost 6-1 in the first set before rebounding for
a 6-1, 10-4 win over de Groot at fifth singles. Christel Amsallem evened her
record through four singles matches with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kayser in the
Rockhurst claimed its only win of the match at fourth
singles when Vrugteveen beat Vorster 7-6 (4), 0-6, 10-7.
The UALR tennis team continues its seven-match road
trip Tuesday (Feb. 19) when it takes on Creighton. Match time is set for noon.