Trio Plays Way into Championship Matches in Tennis
Courtesy: UALR Sports Information
          Release: 11/03/2012
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JONESBORO, Ark. - Seniors Veronique Luksich and Yana Kakovkina with freshman Christel Amsallem all won their matches while sophomore Michaela McShane took third in her singles flight on Saturday (Nov. 3) at the Arkansas State Fall Invitational.

Amsallem blanked Erin Patton of Murray State 6-0, 6-0 while Kakovkina won 6-2, 6-0 against Nikole Novikova of Southeast Missouri State in her first singles match of the weekend in Flight 3. Luksich claimed her second-straight three-set triumph by beating Natasha Tomishima of Southern Illinois in Singles Flight 2 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

McShane finishes her single play on the weekend with a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Jess Heeps-Eriksen of Arkansas State. With a bye in the championship bracket consolation match, McShane finishes third in Singles Flight 5. Junior Viktoriya Plyuta will play for fifth on Sunday after receiving a bye into the consolation bracket finals.

In doubles play, Kakovkina teamed up with Southern Illinois' Abby Plecki and went 2-0 on the day with an 8-5 and 8-3 win. Undefeated on the weekend, the duo plays for a doubles title in Flight 5. Plyuta and Amsallem dropped a pair of decisions 8-4 and 8-2 and finishes the weekend 1-3 at Doubles Flight 3. McShane split on the day, winning 8-3 over Megan Blue and Ashley Canty of Murray State before an 8-3 loss to Ioana Teu and Janie Nowland of Arkansas State.

UALR returns to action tomorrow with four singles matches and two doubles contests in the final day of the Arkansas State Fall Tennis Invitational.

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