Kaluder Sweeps weekend – Freshman Ela Kaluder was by far the most productive Lady Razorback this past weekend at the ITA Central Region Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Zagreb, Croatia native won the singles draw and with fellow freshmen Aurelija Miseviciute took home the doubles title as well.
Kaluder on her way to the singles crown – Not many players battle through two rounds of qualifying action to advance to main draw action. Not many of those find luck in the main draw, and hardly any do what Arkansas freshman Ela Kaluder did this weekend at the ITA Central Regional tournament. The freshman went 8-0 for the weekend on her way to the Central Regional singles crown.
Kaluder and Miseviciute ride waves of success in doubles – Freshmen team Ela Kaulder and Aurelija Miseviciute showed no sign of youth inexperience in the doubles main draw of the ITA Central Regional Championships this past weekend. The two first-year Lady Razorbacks blazed through the doubles field, winning five straight matches to take the doubles crown in a finals match against teammates sophomore Maryori Franco and senior Karina Ledaja. Team Freshman won the match, 8-5.
All Lady’Back finals match…round two – It’s interesting enough that out of the 64 doubles teams in the main draw of the ITA Central Regional tournament that the two finals teams would both be from the University of Arkansas. What is even more interesting is that this is not the first time this has happened this fall. Earlier this month at the USTA Collegiate Classic in New York, freshman doubles team Ela Kaluder and Aurelija Miseviciute and Lady’Back pair sophomore Maryori Franco and senior Karina Ledaja met in the finals of the doubles draw. At the tournament the pair decided to be co-champions. With an invite to the National Individual Doubles tournament at Ohio State University on the line at the ITA Regional, the two teams had to duke it out for outright honors. Team freshman bested Franco and Ledaja, 8-5.
ITA Central Regional Recap – The Lady’Backs had the most singles players in the main draw, six, and made every one of them count as Arkansas went on a 16-5 tear. In doubles, the Lady Razorbacks tied for most doubles teams with three, going 9-2 for the weekend although one of the two losses came to sophomore Maryori Franco and senior Karina Ledaja against their own teammates.
Up next for Arkansas – The Lady Razorback have the weekend off before traveling to the SEC Fall Coaches Classic in Atlanta, Ga. on Nov. 3-6. The tournament features all eleven Southeastern Conference schools, and should be a measuring stick for the 2006 spring season. Last year at the Fall Coaches Classic, the Lady’Backs went 10-10 in singles and 2-5 in doubles over the long weekend. Senior Karina Ledaja and sophomore Audrey Bordeleau took runner-up honors in their respective flights.
Leading the pack – With an impressive 8-0 singles run this past weekend at the ITA Central Regional Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah by freshman Ela Kaluder, the first-year Lady’Back stands head and shoulders above the rest of the team in the 2005 fall records statistic. Kaluder is currently 17-1 in her first fall as a collegiate athlete, which puts her four wins ahead of the next Lady Razorback, Aurelija Miseviciute (13-1). In doubles, Kaluder and Miseviciute lead the way for Arkansas with a 15-2 mark, follwed closely by Franco and Ledaja, 13-2.