- UALR (13-12, 0-4) will begin play at the Sun Belt Tournament with an 8 a.m.
match against No. 7-seeded Troy (10-9, 2-2) on Thursday, April 19 at the
Waranch Tennis Complex in Denton, Texas. The winner of Thursday's match will take
on No. 2 FIU Friday morning.
UALR enters the tournament as the No. 10 seed after
finishing the regular season with a pair of wins against Harding and UMKC on
April 7. The team's 13 regular season victories are the most by a UALR squad
since the 2007 season.
Luksich leads the team with a 16-8 overall singles mark and sports a 7-3
record over her last 10 matches. Luksich played the majority of the season's
matches at the No. 2 singles spot, compiling a 10-6 record in that position
before sliding into the No. 1 slot for the final five matches and going 4-1 to
close the regular season. Luksich has teamed with freshman Michaela McShane to lead the Trojans with a 15-6 tally in doubles
matches. The duo went a perfect 3-0 against Sun Belt teams this season, and currently
finds itself on a seven-match win streak as it heads into the conference
Plyuta, freshman Nina Yates and McShane
each boast 12-13 records in singles play this season. Junior Yana Kakovkina sports a team-best
three-match win streak in singles play. Kakovkina has put together a 10-12
record in singles this year while playing the majority of her matches at the No.
Yates and fellow freshman Alina Kolegova have compiled a record of 8-11 in doubles matches
this season. The duo has won three straight and sports a 6-4 record over its
last ten matches.
Troy comes into the tournament as losers of three
straight, but are 10-9 overall on the year with Sun Belt victories against
Arkansas State and UALR to their credit. Four of Troy's losses came against
nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 3 Florida and No. 7 Georgia early in
Troy topped UALR by a 6-1 score back on March 18,
taking two of three in doubles and winning all but one singles match. Luksich
won the lone point for the Trojans, taking a 6-2, 6-2 decision from Lyubov
Dorofeeva in the No. 2 matchup.
Karoline Grymel leads Troy with a 12-7 singles record
this season at the No. 1 position. Candela Munoz Giron, playing all but two of
her matches at the No. 4 spot, is 11-8 on the year. Grymel and Dorofeeva lead
the team with a 12-4 mark in doubles play this season.
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