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Cornett and Miseviciute lead Arkansas to victory

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Cornett and Miseviciute lead Arkansas to victory

Norman, Okla. – Senior Melissa Cornett and freshman Aurelija Miseviciute lifted the University of Arkansas women’s tennis team in singles and doubles to its sixth win in a row Wednesday night with a 4-3 win over the University of Oklahoma.

The 4-3 win by the Lady Razorbacks (10-8, 5-5) over the Sooners (8-12, 2-6) marks the second match in a row and fifth match this season the Lady’Backs have defeated an opponent by just one match.

In doubles, Miseviciute and Cornett won their second match in a row together with an 8-4 win over OU’s Christi Baxley and Irina Lykina. Moments later, senior Vlatka Jovanovic and freshman Ela Kaluder cashed in Arkansas’ 11th doubles point of the season with an 8-6 win over Oklahoma’s Anne Carter and Monica Purice.

In singles, Miseviciute continued her winning streak with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 over Gabby Baker. Miseviciute has now won six singles matches in a row.

On court five, Cornett defeated Chelsea Orr in straight sets to give Arkansas an advantage, 6-3, 6-2.

Giving Arkansas the final push was Freshman Maryori Franco. Franco won her sixth match in her last seven outings with a 7-5, 6-2 win over OU’s Christi Baxley.

“It’s always good to get a win on the road” said Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty. “This was a very hard-fought contest. We now have a great opportunity this Saturday at LSU.”

The Lady’Backs get their chance to clinch the Western Division outright on Saturday, April 15, against LSU at 1:00 p.m. For more information on Arkansas tennis or any other Lady’Back sport, please visit LADYBACKS.COM.

Tennis Match Results:

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Norman, Oklahoma

Headington Family Tennis Facility

Arkansas 4, Oklahoma 3

Singles:

1. Aurelija Miseviciute (UA) def. Gabby Baker (OU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

2. Irina Lykina (OU) def. Vlatka Jovanovic (UA) 7-6(5), 6-3

3. Monica Purice (OU) def. Ela Kaluder (UA) 6-1, 6-2

4. Maryori Franco (UA) def. Christi Baxley (OU) 7-5, 6-2

5. Melissa Cornett (UA) def. Chelsea Orr (OU) 6-3, 6-2

6. Anne Carter (OU) def. Karina Ledaja (UA) 7-6(12), 3-6, 6-2

Doubles:

1. Gabby Baker/Chelsea Orr (OU) def. Maryori Franco/Ledaja (UA) 8-6

2. Aurelija Miseiviciute/Melissa Cornett (UA) def. Christi Baxley/Irina Lykina (OU) 8-4

3. Ela Kaluder/Vlatka Jovanovic (UA) def. Anne Carter/Monica Purice (OU) 8-6



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