Beginning the fall season with five consecutive tournaments, the Razorback women’s tennis team will welcome the next upcoming off weeks. Arkansas will not be back in action until Nov. 7 when half of the team will be at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. while others will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at the SEC Fall Coaches Classic.
A 25-6 overall record was posted by the Razorbacks at the ITA Central Region Championships in Salt Lake City over the weekend. The tournament provided Arkansas with the challenges of competitive regional foes, and the Hogs stepped up to the challenge. In singles action, they were 16-4 while also sending a player, Anouk Tigu, to the championship. Arkansas finished 9-2 overall in doubles while placing two doubles duos in the championship. After incredible play in Utah, the Razorbacks sit at 53-15 overall in singles and 25-8 in doubles, respectively.
Airapetian/Tigu prove to be dangerous:
Nanar Airapetian and Anouk Tigu improved their doubles record to 7-2 for the fall season in route to winning the ITA Central Region doubles crown. The tandem’s title qualified them for the ITA National Indoor Championships by defeating teammates No. 10 Aurelija Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder, 8-6.
Advancing to the National Indoors:
Three Razorbacks’ impressive play at the ITA Central Region Championships vaulted them into the ITA National Indoor Championships on Nov. 7. Senior Aurelija Miseviciute, who won the event last season, senior Nanar Airapetian and sophomore Anouk Tigu will all be in Charlottesville, Va. for the tournament. Tigu qualified for the tournament by advancing into the singles championship, while she and Airapetian punched their ticket by winning the doubles title.
The ‘Hegarty Take’:
Here is what head coach Michael Hegarty had to say about his team’s performance at the ITA Central Region Championships: "We certainly had one of our best regional tournaments ever this week. We gained a ton of confidence and look forward to finishing our fall season strong."
The Kaluder File:
Senior Ela Kaluder made her last appearance at the ITA Central Region Championships over the weekend, an event she has clearly dominated in her career at Arkansas. Kaluder finishes her career at the event with a 35-6 overall record in four years, including holstering the singles and doubles championships.