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Sophomore Michaela McShane is a perfect 4-0 in singles play this season.
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Tennis Swings Back into Action with a Trio of Matches this Weekend
UALR Sports Information
Release: 02/15/2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The UALR tennis team (4-2) will get back on the road this weekend for the first three of seven-straight away matches. The Trojans will take on Washburn (0-2) in Topeka, Kan. Saturday (Feb. 16) at 8:30 a.m. and then travel to Kansas City, Mo. the following day to play a pair of matches against Rockhurst and UMKC.

UALR will enter the weekend with freshman Kamilla Galieva and senior Veronique Luksich leading the Trojans with a 5-1 record in singles play. Sophomore Michaela McShane is undefeated in singles action in four matches.

In doubles action, sophomore Dané Vorster and Galieva are 3-0 while Luksich and McShane are 2-2.

This is the first meeting between UALR and Washburn under head coach Abby Wilson. WU lost its first match of the spring, 8-1, to UA-Fort Smith, a team UALR bested 5-2. Jodie Blackim and Kristen Holle won 8-4 in No. 1 doubles. The Lady Blues fell to 0-2 when they were blanked on Feb. 3 against Drury, 9-0.

Last year, WU finished 11-8 overall. This will be its first home match of the season.

Rockhurst enters the match with a 1-0 record, defeating Baker with a 9-0 victory on Feb. 8. The Hawks were led by Alex Schelbe at third singles, beating Baker's Kelly Phipps 6-1, 6-0. Schlebe teamed with Kim de Groot at second doubles for the 8-3 win.

UMKC is 2-3 for the year after losing 4-3 to Northern Iowa last weekend.

Last year, the Trojans defeated UMKC, 7-0 on April 7, 2012. UALR swept all singles matches, led by Luksich's 6-2, 6-0 win over Eva Dalvai at the top spot. Viktoriya Plyuta won at second singles, 6-1, 6-3, over Laura Bouet.

For a full recap on last season's match-up, click here.  

After the matches this weekend, UALR takes a day off before four matches in five days. The stretch begins against Creighton on Tuesday (Feb. 19) before battling Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday (Feb. 20). Both matches are at noon.

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