UALR Tennis Returns to Action Against UNA Saturday at Burns Park

Courtesy University of Arkansas at Little Rock Athletics Department

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The UALR tennis team (3-2) will take on North Alabama (1-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 9) at Burns Park in North Little Rock, Ark.

In singles action on the season, senior Veronique Luksich and freshman Kamilla Galieva both have four wins each to lead the Trojans. Sophomore Michaela McShane is 3-0. Senior Yana Kakovkina and sophomore Dané Vorster both have two wins each.

In doubles, Galieva is in the lead with a 3-1 record. Vorster and Luksich are not far behind with two wins each.

Last year, the Trojans traveled to Florence, Ala. and defeated UNA 6-1. It started with a sweep in doubles. Viktoriya Plyuta and Kakovkina started strong with a close 9-7 win over Natalie Barragan and Victoria Rees at first doubles. Luksich and McShane followed with an 8-4 win in the second slot while Alina Kolegova and Nina Yates won at third doubles 8-2.

The Lions captured its lone team point from the No. 1 singles matchup. Rees topped Plyuta 6-4, 6-4. Luksich cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 win at second singles while Kavokina won a pair of 6-2 sets at third singles. McShane took the match at fourth singles 6-1, 6-2 with Yates claiming a 6-1, 6-2 win at fifth singles. 

In their only match of the season thus far, the Lions beat West Georgia 8-1. Bruna Viera did not even drop a set at third singles while Barragan, Teresa Franco and Madison Patey all won the first set 6-0 before cruising to straight-sets wins in singles play. MacKenzie Bishop won 6-3, 6-0 at first singles. 

North Alabama swept the competition in doubles action. 

UALR returns to action next weekend when it travels to Topeka, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. to kick off a stretch of seven matches in eight days. The Trojans take on Washburn Saturday (Feb. 16) at 8:30 a.m. before playing both Rockhurst and UMKC on Sunday (Feb. 17) at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

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