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Tennis Completes Road Trip with Four Matches in Five Days
UALR Sports Information
Release: 02/18/2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Trojans conclude their road trip with a quartet of matches in the Cornhusker State. UALR (7-2) takes on Creighton (1-3) on Tuesday (Feb. 19) before battling Omaha (2-0) on Wednesday. Both matches start at noon.

After the matches in Omaha, UALR travels to Lincoln for a pair of contests against nationally-ranked foes. The Trojans take on 15th-ranked Nebraska (9-1) Friday (Feb. 22) at 4 p.m. before concluding the weekend on Saturday against 64th-ranked Wyoming (2-2) at 11 a.m.

For the Trojans on the season, senior Veronique Luksich leads the way with an 8-1 singles record, including a seven-match winning streak, playing in the top spot.  Luksich has only lost four sets all season and her only loss is to 64th ranked Samantha Vickers of Tulsa (Jan. 20). Freshman Kamilla Galieva is also 8-1 and on a seven-match winning streak. In fact, Galieva has not lost a set since losing to Belen Rivera of Tulsa at sixth singles, 6-2, 6-3.

In doubles action, Galieva and sophomore Dané Vorster have teamed up in the last five matches and have not lost.  Galieva and Vorster first played together against UA-Fort Smith at second doubles and won 8-2. The duo claimed an 8-7 (5) win over Candela Munoz Giron and Rosaura Ramirez-Vega of Troy (Feb. 2) in the third slot.

Previewing UALR's opposition, Creighton's only wins this season came on a 5-2 decision over North Dakota. Jennie Hartjes leads the Blue Jays having won her last two singles matches.

Last year in Omaha, UALR claimed a 5-2 victory over CU. The Blue Jays took the doubles point before UALR stormed back to take 5-of-6 singles matches. Viktoriya Plyuta took a pair of sets 6-2 over Hartjes at first singles. At second singles, Luksich claimed a 6-1, 6-4 win. Yana Kakovkina defeated Analese Snyder at third singles 6-2, 6-4.

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The Mavericks are only playing their third match of the season. Omaha swept Nebraska Wesleyan 7-0 before pulling out a 4-3 win over North Dakota Friday (Feb. 15). Molly Matricardi at second singles, Emily Peirson at fourth singles and Jacqueline Baude at the fifth spot are all 2-0 on the season.

Omaha is 5-1 as a team in doubles play with Tiffany Hottman and Matricardi undefeated in two matches at second doubles.

Last season, UALR blanked Omaha in losing only one set the entire match. Plyuta overcame a 7-5 loss in the first set before rebounding for a 6-3, 10-6 win over Alex Tran at first singles.

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After a day off, UALR with battle 15th-ranked Nebraska on Friday (Feb. 22). NU's only loss came to 10th-ranked Miami on the first day (Feb. 8) of the prestigious IA National Team Indoor Championships. Leading the way for the Cornhuskers is 16th-ranked Mary Weatherholt, who is 8-0 on the season and has only dropped one set. Her wins include a 6-2, 7-5 win over then-16th ranked Ema Burgic of Baylor and a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over 41st-ranked Kelsey Dieters of Ohio State.

The final match of the eight-day road trip is 64th-ranked Wyoming Saturday (Feb. 23). The Cowgirls are 2-2 with losses to the third and 32nd-ranked teams in Duke and Washington State, respectively. Wyoming has a 7-0 win over Eastern Washington and a 4-1 victory against the College of Charleston.

Christa Gecheva leads the Cowgirls with an 11-3 record while Veronica Popovici is 9-3 in singles action.

After the matches against Nebraska and Wyoming, UALR takes a week break before returning to action against Louisiana Tech at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock on March 2. Match time is set for 2 p.m.

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