Arkansas travels to Williamsburg, Va. this week to partake in the 16th Annual William & Mary Tribe Invitational. The format will be flight play in singles and doubles. Arkansas’ first road test will ready the Razorbacks for the remainder of their fall season in which all matches are on the road.
Defending the Home Courts:
An incredible overall record at the Razorback Classic, displayed how the Razorbacks were unwilling to relinquish losses to their opponents. Arkansas dropped a match in both singles and doubles before finishing 21-2 overall at the classic. They also won all five flights of the tournament, A, B, C in singles along with A and B in doubles, something head coach Michael Hegarty said has never been since he began coaching at Arkansas in 2004.
Newcomers Show Off:
It only took a few matches in the fall season for fans to see the talent level of this season’s freshman class. Playing together in Flight B of doubles, freshmen Emily Carbone and Kate Lukomskaya zoomed past veteran competition to earn the flight title. Proving themselves in doubles early in the tournament set up for exciting singles matches for the freshmen. Carbone launched into the Flight B finals and was named co-champion with teammate Anouk Tigu, while in Flight C, Lukomskaya dropped Tulsa’s Jie Zheng, 7-5, 6-3, for her own respective singles title.
Last Season at the Invitational:
At last year’s William & Mary Invitational, the Razorbacks were able to claim two titles in singles. This tournament was the setting-stone for senior Aurelija Miseviciute’s incredible season. She was ranked No. 119 at the time, but won Flight A of the invitational and never looked back after that throughout the fall season in route to claiming the No. 1 spot in women’s tennis
The Head Coach’s Corner:
Here is what head coach Michael Hegarty had to say about his team’s excellent start to the fall season:
"The tournament was definitely a productive start to our fall season. The newcomers looked great, and we saw a lot of reliable things from the upperclassmen."
"Doubles has been a big strength for our team in the past, and we’re further along this year in doubles than a year ago which is very encouraging."
"Playing at home has it advantages, and since we have so many big tournaments coming up here this season it’s a great start."
Going Back to Cali:
Four Razorbacks have been selected to compete in the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. Number 1 Aurelija Miseviciute was named to the main draw in singles, Ela Kaluder was selected for qualifying, while sophomore Anouk Tigu was chosen to compete in the pre-qaulifying round. Miseviciute and Kaluder, No. 10 in doubles, were also selected for the main draw in doubles, while Tigu and Nanar Airapetian will try to advance out of the pre-qualifying round. Freshman Kate Lukomskaya appears in as the 36th alternate. Misevicute was knocked out in the quarterfinals last season and advancing out of the pre-qualifying and qualifying round into the main draw. The tournament will take place in Los Angeles, Calf. and is set to begin on Sept 27 running through Oct. 5.
Nanar Airapetian- na-NAHR air-a-PEE-she-an
Emily Carbone- car-BONE-E
Ela Kaluder- Ela ka-LEW-der
Kate Lukomskaya- lew-come-SKY-uh
Aurelija Misevicute- aw-RAIL-e-ah miss-eh-veh-SHOO-teh
Anouk Tigu- ANN-ook TEE-goo