Up next for Arkansas: The Lady Razorback tennis team is back at home to host their first Southeastern Conference matches of the season. On Friday, Mar. 10, the Lady’Backs play host to the Vanderbilt Commodores at 2:00 p.m. Vanderbilt is coming off a weekend sweep over western division teams Alabama and Auburn and is 10-1 for the year. On Sunday, the Lady’Backs welcome the Kentucky Wildcats to the Dills Indoor Tennis Center at 2:00 p.m. UK also defeated Auburn last weekend, but was stunned in Tuscaloosa on Mar. 3 with a 4-3 loss to Alabama. This season, the reigning SEC Champs are 8-6.
Out of the Gates: While the Lady’Backs stumbled getting out of the gates of SEC play by dropping their first two conference matches, Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty maintains that the team is getting better by the day. After the Tennessee match on Mar. 5 Hegarty said, "Tennessee is a truly great and competitive opponent," Hegarty said. "I can tell by the way we played them today that we are really starting to come along." Arkansas was upended by the hometown Lady Vols, 4-3.
Streak City: Freshman Aurelija Miseviciute showed this weekend that she was not afraid of the toughest women’s tennis conference in the country. The Klaipeda, Lituania, played at No. 1 for the Lady’Backs against Georiga and Tennessee, while picking up a win over UT’s Victoria Jones, 7-5, 6-2. Miseviciute has won six of her last seven matches.
Mixing it up: Prior to the Georgia match on Mar. 3, freshmen doubles pair Aurelija Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder had never played doubles in a Lady’Back uniform with anyone but each other. That all changed against Georgia, where Miseviciute teamed up with sophomore Audrey Bordeleau to produce a win on the No. 2 doubles court against No. 14 ranked Darya Ivanov and Evgenia Subbotina, 8-5. Kaluder was not so lucky in the same match paired up senior Melissa Cornett in an 8-5 loss.