After heavily competing at the William & Mary Tribe Classic, the Lady’Backs will head to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Tulsa Invitational. Action will begin on Friday, September 21st and run to Sunday, September 23rd.
Big XII Spice:
The Arkansas Lady Razorback tennis team will be the only Southeastern Conference representative in the Tulsa Invitational; and the only team competing that is not in the Big XII Conference. Teams that the Lady’Backs will be competing against are Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and host Tulsa.
Junior Aurelija Miseviciute claimed the singles title in Flight A of the William & Mary Classic, the top division in the tournament. Miseviciute came into the fall season ranked No. 119 in the nation, and gained a No. 2 overall seed for the tournament. Miseviciute began the tournament by defeating Princeton’s Melissa Saiontz 6-1, 6-2 in the first round. Then, Meseviciute went on to defeat Elizabeth Plotkin of Duke 7-5, 6-0 and Penn’s Ekaterina Kosminskaya 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the finals. She made quick work of Kellie Schmitt of Marshall 6-1, 6-2 to claim the singles title.
The Tulsa Style:
Match style at the Tulsa Invitational will consist of four flights in singles action, and two flights in doubles. Each singles flight will consist of eight players, while each doubles flight will consists of eight teams.
Juniors Aurelija Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder, and senior Maryori Franco and junior Nanar Airapetian finished second and third respectively in Flight A doubles at the Williams & Mary Tribe Classic. Both teams lone loss was the flight champions Kosminskaya and Koulbitskaya of Penn who are ranked No.53 in the nation in doubles.
The Hegarty Take:
Lady Razorback head tennis coach Michael Hegarty’s take on the upcoming Tulsa Invitational: "Like the William & Mary Invitational it provides our team with a good opportunity for match play. However, this tournament will feature teams we will see in the ITA Central Regional Championships which helps us prepare. It’s also in the same facility where the championships will be held in October.
Bordeleau Brings Home Title of her Own
Senior Audrey Bordeleau stormed through singles play in Flight D on Sunday at the William & Mary Tribe Classic. Bordeleau was down after the first set in the semifinals and finals before coming on strong to claim the second singles title of the day for the Lady’Backs. Bordeleau was down 4-6 to Maryland’s Karin Lundmark before coming back and winning 6-3, 7-5. In the finals, Bordeleau found herself down 3-6 to Maggie Yahner or Virginia, but faught back and claimed the match after sets of 6-4, 6-1.
Freshman shows heart
After dropping her first ever collegiate match, freshman Delia Damaschin showed strength by winning three straight matches to claim the Flight D consolation title. "We saw good potential for our future in Delia," said head coach Michael Hegarty. "She showed great maturity for a rookie." Damaschin defeated Virginia’s Lara Alexander 6-0, 6-3 to claim the consolation title.
The Team Result
After claiming two singles titles, two second place finishes, and a third place finish, the team results from the William & Mary Tribe Classic were very impressive. The team winning percentage for the weekend was .743 combining for 26 wins and nine losses, while daily records are as follows:
Day One- 13-4
Day Two- 7-3
Day Three- 6-2
Out of Bounds
Sophomore Melissa Hoffmeister had a run of her own in Flight E singles, as she finished second after dropping to Emese Kardhordo of Richmond 6-3, 6-2. However, an out of the ordinary run in happend to Hoffmeister in doubles. Due to the fact that the Lady Razorbacks have an uneven amount of players, Hoffmeister played in doubles action with someone from another team. Therefore, Hoffmeister teamed up with Manon Noe of Michigan State in Flight C of doubles. Although the pair lost their first match, they went on to claim the consolation title after three straight wins.