NORTH LITTLE ROCK,
Ark. - In the battle of the Trojans at Burns Park Saturday afternoon (Feb.
2), Troy (1-0, 1-0 Sun Belt) slipped by UALR (3-2, 0-1 Sun Belt) 4-3 thanks to
a tie-breaker at second doubles.
"It has been long time since we have been able compete with
Troy and being only two points away from winning the entire match is
heartbreaking," head coach Abby Wilson said. "This match was encouraging and we
are only going to improve this season."
Galieva led the way for the Trojans, picking up wins in both singles and
doubles play. Galieva won at fifth singles 6-4, 6-0 before teaming up with
sophomore Dané Vorster for
the 8-7 (5) win at third doubles.
UALR and Troy both won three matches in singles play.
Besides Galieva's victory, senior Veronique
Luksich picked up a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win at first singles against Troy's
Grymel was an All-Conference performer last season.
"Veronique beat one of the best players in the Sun Belt
Conference today and I am so proud of her. She has worked extremely hard and
deserves this great win," Wilson said.
McShane came out victorious at sixth singles, 6-4, 6-3.
Troy won at 2nd-4th singles.
Hannah Toro knocked off junior Viktoriya Plyuta at second singles in a pair of 6-2 sets. Lyubova Dorofeeva defeated
senior Yana Kakovkina at third
singles 6-2, 6-3 while Anja Cosovic upended Vorster 6-4, 6-0 at fourth singles.
With Kavkovkina and Plyuta losing 8-3 at first doubles,
the match came down to second doubles. Troy's Cosovic and Toro won the
tie-breaker 7-5 as they beat McShane and Luksich 8-7 (5).
UALR returns to action in a week when it hosts North
Alabama at Burns Park in North Little Rock. Match time is 11 a.m.