Tulsa, Ok Lady Razorback senior Iliana Pacheco led the University of Arkansas women’s tennis team on Thursday with a singles and doubles victories in the first round of competition at the ITA Central Regional Championships in Tulsa, Ok.
Overall the Lady’Backs went 2-3 on day one of main draw competition, as Pacheco teamed up with junior Melissa Cornett to advance to the second round in doubles as well.
“Iliana continued her strong fall results today,” head coach Michael Hegarty said. “She is certainly improving by leaps and bounds.”
The Dallas native’s singles victory came in straight sets over UALR’s Outi Jarvinen. Pacheco blanked Jarvinen in the first set, with the second set being nearly as good, 6-3. Pacheco faces Colorado’s Lindsey Keever in second round action on Friday
Pacheco and Morton advance to second round action in doubles after a handy 8-3 victory over Iowa State’s Kaitlin Loprizi and Jill Palen. The Lady’Back tandem faces Nebraska’s Reimers and Ostermann on Friday.
In other singles action on Thursday, Junior Vlatka Jovanovic fell to Tulsa’s Santie Delport, 6-4, 7-5. Freshman Maryori Franco also lost to Kansas State’s Tako Kvaratskhelia.
In doubles, Air Force’s Kat Bushey and Karissa Walker defeated Jovanovic and Franco, 8-6.
Second round action begins Friday at 9:00 a.m. For more information, please visit www.ladybacks.com.
Results for Day Two
ITA Central Regional Championships
Thursday, October 22, 2004
Iliana Pacheco (ARK) def. Outi Jarvinen (UALR) 6-0, 6-3
Santie Delport (TU) def. No. 9 Vlatka Jovanovic (ARK), 6-4, 7-5
Tako Kvaratskhelia (KSU) def. No. 9 Maryori Franco (ARK), 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Melissa Cornett/Pacheco (ARK) def. Kaitlin Loprizi/Jill Palen (ISU), 8-3
Kat Bushey/Karissa Walker (AFA) def. Yawna Allen/Maryori Franco (ARK), 8-6