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Evgeniya Gracheva , Alina Kolegova and Alla Kravchuk each singed National Letters-of-Intent to play at UALR in the fall of 2011.
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Evgeniya Gracheva , Alina Kolegova and Alla Kravchuk each singed National Letters-of-Intent to play at UALR in the fall of 2011.
Courtesy: Nelson Chenault
Evgeniya Gracheva , Alina Kolegova and Alla Kravchuk each singed National Letters-of-Intent to play at UALR in the fall of 2011.
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UALR Tennis Signs Three for 2011-12
UALR Sports Information
Release: 04/26/2011

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - UALR tennis head coach Abby Wilson announced the addition of three new recruits for the 2011-12 season on Monday. Evgeniya Gracheva , Alina Kolegova and Alla Kravchuk have each singed National Letters-of-Intent to play their collegiate tennis at UALR starting in the fall of 2011.

"I am excited for these three girls to join our team," said Wilson. "They are coming in as freshman and will make an impact on the team and the line-up from the start."

Gracheva joins the UALR program from Noginsk, Russia, where she has claimed 12 amateur tennis tournaments over the past three years. Most recently, her 2009 season was highlighted by singles championships at two separate national tournaments, as well as a singles title in the Domodedovo Tournament for adults in Domodedovo, Russia. She claimed four U-16 tournament titles in 2008 - including two on the national level - and added four more U-14 national titles in 2007.

Kolegova will come to Little Rock from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she has been a fixture on the amateur tennis circuit since 2007. She claimed the U-18 Singles Championship of Tashkent in June of 2010, and added a U-17 Open Championship of Almalyk in singles to go along with two national doubles tournament victories in 2009. In all, Kolegova has finished fourth or better in 34 different tournaments and has 13 championships to her credit since 2007.

Kravchuk will also come to UALR from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she has enjoyed a successful amateur tennis career. In addition to winning a local junior tournament dedicated to the memory of A. Plontnikov in 2009, Kravchuk took home first place accolades at the Paxtakor's Club Championship and the Jar's Tennis Club Tournament in the same year. Kravchuk's success on the local circuit has resulted in her being ranked in the top-125 players in Uzbekistan over the past two years.

The 2011 class will join a Trojan squad that finished 10-15 in the spring of 2011 and lost two seniors in Nathalia Garay and Rebecca Van Den Houte to graduation. Next year's team will feature no seniors, leaving juniors to be Yana Kakovkina and Veronique Luksich as the most tenured players on the team.

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