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This will be the final home match for seniors Yana Kakovkina and Veronique Luksich
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Tennis Takes on Arkansas State in Final Home Match of the Season
UALR Sports Information
Release: 04/09/2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – UALR (13-9, 1-3 Sun Belt) finishes the regular season Wednesday (April 10) when it hosts rival Arkansas State (5-8, 0-5 Sun Belt). Doubles play is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Burns Park.

Six-of-seven UALR players are above .500 for the season, led by freshman Kamilla Galieva’s 15-7 record, who has won her last two singles competitions in straight sets. Senior Veronique Luksich is 14-6 on the year and is on a current four-match winning streak at first singles. Junior Viktoriya Plyuta is 11-9 while sophomore Michaela McShane is 10-6 in 2013.

Senior Yana Kakovkina is 10-8 on the season in singles play to round out the list of Trojans with double-digit wins.

In doubles play, Luksich and McShane lead the Trojans with a 9-8 record, moving above .500 with a two-match winning streak. Galieva and sophomore Dané Vorster are 7-6.

Arkansas State looks to end a two-match losing streak on the season when it visits Little Rock. In their last match, the Red Wolves lost 6-1 to Middle Tennessee. Tamara Slijepcevic was the lone singles winner, defeating Irina Constantinide 6-3, 6-1. Janie Nowland and Ioana Teu were victorious, 8-4, at first doubles, but Middle Tennessee won at second and third for the doubles point.

Meanwhile, UALR lost to the Blue Raiders 5-2 on March 17. Plyuta won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 at third singles while freshman Christel Amsallem only dropped one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory at sixth singles.

To read more on UALR’s match with Middle Tennessee, click here.

In UALR’s last match, the Trojans swept Alcorn 7-0 at the Pleasant Valley Country Club Saturday (April 6). Vorster did not even drop a game in a win at fifth singles while Amsallem and Galieva both won 6-0, 6-2 at fourth and sixth singles, respectively.

To read more on the match with Alcorn, click here.

Last season against the Red Wolves, UALR traveled to Jonesboro, Ark. and fell to Arkansas State 5-2. Kakovkina rallied to defeat Janie Nowland at third singles 2-6, 7-6, 10-4. Plyuta and Kakovkina won 8-1 at first doubles while McShane and Luksich secured the point with a 9-8 win at second doubles.

Arkansas State returns three winners from last year’s match. Slijepcevic beat Plyuta 6-1, 6-3 at second singles. Biljana Miloshevska beat McShane at fourth singles 6-2, 6-0. Teu beat Nina Yates at fifth singles 7-6, 6-3.

To read more, click here.

UALR finishes the season when it travels to Lafayette, La. for the 2013 Sun Belt Championships. 

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