UALR Tennis Rolls Past Central Arkansas, 5-2
Courtesy: UALR Sports Information
          Release: 01/24/2013
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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - UALR improved to 2-1 on the young season, taking 5-of-6 singles matches en route to a 5-2 win over Central Arkansas.

It was the first match of the season for the Sugar Bears.

The Trojans trailed 1-0 after doubles action. Senior Yana Kakovkina and junior Viktoriya Plyuta won 8-7 at first doubles. In the second spot, senior Veronique Luksich and sophomore Michaela McShane lost 8-7. UCA secured the doubles point thanks to an 8-6 win at third doubles over sophomore Dané Vorster and freshman Christel Amsallem.

Facing a deficit, UALR wasted no time in overtaking the Sugar Bears. After splitting the first two sets (6-4, 2-6) at first singles, Luksich won the last set 6-3 over UCA's Simona Horsikyan to tie the match. Central Arkansas retook the lead thanks to Allison Murphy's 6-4, 6-4 win over Plyuta at second singles.

The Trojans dominated the rest of the match. Kakovkina tied the contest with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Krizia Buck in the third spot. At fourth singles, Vorster rallied from losing the first set 6-3 before taking the final two frames 6-3, 6-1. Freshman Kamilla Galieva beat Sasha Ruocco 7-6 (3), 6-1 at fifth singles. McShane put the exclamation point on the match with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at sixth singles.

UALR tennis returns to action next Wednesday (Jan. 30) when it travels to Fort Smith, Arkansas to take on Arkansas-Fort Smith. Match time is set for 1 p.m.


UALR 5, Central Arkansas 2
Jan 24, 2013 at North Little Rock, Ark.

Singles competition

1. Luksich, Veronique (UALR) def. Simona Horsikyan (UCA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

2. Allison Murphy (UCA) def. Plyuta, Viktoriya (UALR) 6-4, 6-4

3. Kakovkina, Yana (UALR) def. Krizia Buck (UCA) 6-4, 6-2

4. Vorster, Dané (UALR) def. Kristina Horsikyan (UCA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

5. Galieva, Kamilla (UALR) def. Sasha Ruocco (UCA) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1

6. McShane, Michaela (UALR) def. S. Gonzalez-Valero (UCA) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Kakovkina, Yana/Plyuta, Viktoriya (UALR) def. Krizia Buck/Allison Murphy (UCA) 8-7

2. Simona Horsikyan/Sasha Ruocco (UCA) def. McShane, Michaela/Luksich, Veronique (UALR) 8-7

3. Kristina Horsikyan/Anna Buyukyan (UCA) def. Vorster, Dané/Amsallem, Christel (UALR) 8-6

Match Notes

Central Arkansas 0-1

UALR 2-1

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