UALR Tennis Claims a Championship, Three Runner-Up Finishes
Courtesy: UALR Sports Information
          Release: 11/04/2012
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JONESBORO, Ark. - The UALR tennis finished the fall season in style by claiming four top-3 finishes and a sixth-place at the Arkansas State Fall Invitational this past weekend (Nov. 2-4).

Senior Veronique Luksich led the way for the Trojans. After pulling out her first two matches on the weekend in three, she left nothing to chance in a dominating 6-0, 6-2 win over Janie Nowland of Arkansas State in Singles Flight 2. Senior Yana Kakovkina and freshman Christel Amsallem both lost three-set heartbreakers in the championship matches of their respective brackets. Kakovkina lost to Anita Lee of Southern Illinois 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Flight 3 while Amsallem fell to Ioana Teu of Arkansas State 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Sophomore Michaela McShane split her first two matches and had a bye on Sunday to take third at Singles Flight 5. Junior Viktoriya Plyuta finished sixth at Singles Flight 1 with a 6-0, 6-3 loss to Simona Horsikyan of Central Arkansas.

Kakovkina coupled her second-place finish in singles play with a doubles championship in Flight 5. Teamed up with Abigail Plecki of Southern Illinois, the duo went 4-0 on the weekend and capped the tournament with a dominating 8-1 win over Bianca Strukelj and Stephanie Gonzalez of Central Arkansas. McShane and Luksich finished 1-3 for the tournament with an 8-5 loss at Flight 1 Doubles. Plyuta and Amsallem had a bye on Sunday at Flight 3 and also finished its doubles matches 1-3.

Finishing the fall season, Luksich claimed a singles bracket at ASU after Amsallem and McShane shared a singles championship at the Second KU Fall Invite. Luksich also claimed a runner-up finish at KU while Kakovkia and Amsallem both claimed runners-up honors at ASU.

UALR tennis takes more than a two-month hiatus before returning to action Jan. 19, 2013 at Oral Roberts.

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