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
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.