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Freshman Christel Amsallem even her season record to 3-3.
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Galieva Named SBC Player of the Week; UALR Tennis Upends Omaha 6-1
UALR Sports Information
Release: 02/21/2013

OMAHA, Neb. - It was a great Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 20) for UALR tennis. Shortly after freshman Kamilla Galieva was named the Sun Belt Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, she and the rest of the Trojans defeated Omaha (2-1), 6-1.

UALR improves to 9-2 on the season, including winners of the last six matches.

Galieva was honored by the conference after finishing 4-0 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles action with sophomore Dané Vorster over the weekend. Galieva did not even drop a set in her matches, winning 6-1, 6-0 at third singles against Washburn's Kirsten Holle on Saturday. She recorded a pair of wins on Sunday, beating Rockhurst's Alex Schleble 6-0, 7-5 at third singles before defeating UMKC's Suzan Lizenby 6-3, 6-1 at fourth singles.

Galieva finished her week with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory over Anna Kirshenbaum of Creighton.

Following the good news, UALR battled to a 6-1 win over Omaha, handing the Mavericks their first loss in three matches. Senior Yana Kakovkina and junior Viktoriya Plyuta (5-4) won at first doubles 8-5. Sophomore Michaela McShane and freshman Christel Amsallem won their first match together at third doubles 8-3. With UALR clinching the doubles win, Vorster and Galieva's doubles match remained unfinished for the second-straight day.

UALR took the second-sixth singles for the five-point victory. Leading the way at third singles was Plyuta's (5-5) 6-0, 6-0 win over Lindsay Weideman. Amsallem (3-3) beat UNO's Rachel Pierson 6-1, 6-1 at sixth singles. McShane (7-1) won a close 6-3 first set before blanking Jacqueline Boyd in the second at fifth singles.

Closing out the match was Vorster's (6-5) 6-4, 6-0 win at fourth singles over Emily Pierson. Galieva (10-1) won at second singles 6-1, 6-3 over Omaha's Molly Matricardi.

The Mavericks lone win came at first singles. Alex Tran rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 10-4 win over Kakovkina.

UALR takes a day off before finishing the road trip against 15th-ranked Nebraska Friday and against 64th-ranked Wyoming on Saturday. Match times are set for 4 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.


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