Lady’Back Recap: The University of Arkansas women’s tennis team suffered two conference losses over the weekend to 2nd-ranked Florida and 34th-ranked South Carolina. Sophomore Nanar Airapetian was the big winner for the Lady’Backs over the weekend as she collected two doubles wins along with her partner junior Maryori Franco at court one. The Lady’Backs pair took a big win over Florida’s #59 team Nina Suvak and Whitney Benik. The doubles victory serves as the biggest upset win at the time for either player while at Arkansas. Airapetian also picked up a big singles win in the Florida match against #56 Csilla Borsanyi. The Hamburg, Germany, native won that match 6-2, 6-1. On Sunday, Franco and Airapetian picked up their second conference win in a row while also setting a new personal upset record over South Carolina’s #19 Ana Marija Zubori and Gira Schofield, 8-6.
Up next for Arkansas: The Lady’Backs split the weekend of March 30 through April 1 with home and away matches against Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The Arkansas travels to Starkville on Friday, March 30, for a match scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, the Lady’Backs return home to Fayetteville to face off against Ole Miss. That match is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.
More on Mississippi State: Arkansas heads to Starkville, Miss. to face the 65th ranked team in the country, the Mississippi State Bulldogs. State is coming off a pair of losses to Kentucky and Vanderbilt, but they did pick off the University of Alabama on March 11 with a 5-2 win in Starkville. Overall this season, the Lady Bulldogs are 8-5 and 1-5 in Southeastern Conference play. Last season in Fayetteville, Arkansas took it to Miss. State with a 6-1 win.
More on Ole Miss; The Rebels come to Fayetteville as Arkansas first Western Division opponent at home. Ole Miss is 4-12 this season over and still looking for their first SEC win after an 0-5 start into the conference schedule. Last year in Oxford, the Lady’Backs escaped with a 4-3 win that included wins by Ela Kaluder and Aurelija Miseviciute on courts one and two.
Big year for the newbie so far: First-year player Nanar Airapetian has made a name for herself thus far in her stay at Arkansas. Airapetian’s singles record for the 2006-07 school year currently stands at 14-10 with her biggest win coming last weekend over Florida’s #56 Csilla Borsanyi, 6-2, 6-1. In doubles, Airapetian’s record is 19-7 with the majority of her wins coming with junior Maryori Franco.
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