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Lady’Back netters compete in final day of UK Classic

Lady’Back netters compete in final day of UK Classic

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Lexington, Ky.—The University of Arkansas women’s tennis team spent one last round of singles play at the UK Fall Classic, finishing 3-4 on Sunday in Lexington, Ky. After a long weekend of tennis, the Lady Razorbacks found themselves 22-19 overall at the UK Classic and 57-28 in overall fall competition. The Lady’Backs also finished the weekend over.500 in singles competition, winning 16 of 31 matches played. “We had a strong final day,” said head coach Michael Hegarty. “We continue to make key improvements, but right now we are competing just under a break-out level of play.” Vlatka Jovanovic notched her seventh career Lady’Back win in a two-set effort against Illinois’ Momei Qu. The junior transfer quickly disposed of her foe, 6-2, 6-4. Karina Ledaja cruised to a third place finish in the red singles flight with a victory over Middle Tennessee State’s Claudia Szabo. The 6-2, 6-1 effort gives Ledaja her sixth Arkansas career win. Freshman Yawna Allen won her last match at The Classic over Louisville’s Leslie Stewart, 6-1, 6-1. The win marks Allen’s fourth Arkansas victory where her opponents were allowed four or fewer game victories. Audrey Bordeleau competed in the green singles flight title match, but had to settle for second place after falling to William and Mary’s Kristen Dunbar, 2-6, 3-6. Fellow freshman Allie Linden also lost, but it took Marshall’s Shannon Brown three sets to do it. Linden rolled to victory in the first set, but could not make ends meet in the second and third, losing 6-3, 3-6, 3-6. Senior Iliana Pacheco won the first set, but fell in the following two sets. Middle Tennessee State’s Ana-Marie Cibils won the match 6-2, 6-7(3), 5-7. Melissa Cornett lost to Illinois’ Suzanna Gracanin, 2-6, 4-6. “We had key individual break-outs this weekend, but the synergy we are aiming for is overall,” said Hegarty. “We will continue to strive for this goal at the USTA Collegiate Classic next weekend.” The Lady’Backs travel to New York City for the Collegiate Classic this Friday. For more information, please visit for Day Three of UK Fall ClassicSunday, October 03, 2004Vlatka Jovanovic (UA) def. Momei Qu (UI) 6-2, 6-4Karina Ledaja (UA) def. Claudia Szabo (MTSU) 6-2, 6-1Kristen Dunbar (WM) def. Audrey Bordeleau (UA) 6-2, 6-3Shannon Brown (MU) def. Allie Linden (UA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3Ana-Marie Cribs (MTSU) def. Iliana Pacheco (UA) 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5Yawna Allen (UA) def. Leslie Stewart (UL) 6-1, 6-1Suzanna Gracanin (UI) def. Melissa Cornett (UA) 6-2, 6-4

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