LOS ANGELES – Junior Lady Razorback Aurelija Miseviciute eight match win streak at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships finally came to an end on Friday.
Miseviciute, who has beaten six ranked opponents at the Championships, defeated 28th ranked Yasmin Schnack of UCLA, 6-1, 6-4 on Friday. However, she later fell to Suzi Babos of California, 6-4, 6-4, putting an end to Arkansas’ main draw play at the Riviera.
Although Miseviciute was defeated on Friday, she turned many heads by defeating ranked opponents as high as 15th, which is a substantial difference compared to her own rank of 119, respectively.
“This has been a real impressive run by Aurelija,” said Lady Razorback head coach Michael Hegarty. “She has played 16 matches in six days (doubles and singles), and kept playing hard even when we thought she had nothing left in her, that’s great for the future.”
In singles consolation, Lady’Back junior Ela Kaluder defeated William & Mary’s Ragini Acharya, 6-4, 6-4, to begin her day. However, Kaluder dropped her second match to SEC foe Megan Falcon, 6-0, 6-3, of LSU.
In consolation doubles, senior Maryori Franco and junior Nanar Airapetian defeated Florida’s No.7 nationally ranked doubles duo of Diana Srebrovic and Csilla Borsanyi, 8-5, before losing to Duke’s Melissa Mang and Tory Zawacki, 8-5.
“I am very proud of our whole team,” Hegarty said.
“Our performance here has put a big stamp on the fall season.”
Action at the Wildcat Classic on the campus of Northwestern University began today as three Lady’Back tennis players competed. In singles actions senior Audrey Bordeleau was defeated by Purdue’s Stephanie Wooten, 6-3, 6-1, in Draw A. In Draw B, freshman Delia Demaschin fell to Barbara Zidek of Williams & Mary, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6). Finally, Melissa Hoffmeister defeated Clare Chmiel of DePaul, 6-2, 6-1, in the Purple Draw.
In the lone doubles match, Bordeleau and Demaschin were topped by Purdue’s Joanna Craven and Anna Dzeva, 8-4. Then, the Arkansas duo was beaten by Gergana Ganeva and Beatrix Csordas of DePaul, 8-5, in consolation play.
Arkansas assistant coach Jeroen Joling is with the team in Chicago and is anxious to see what tomorrow brings.
“Obviously we had a tough day by looking at the results, but I am curious to see how our girls will bounce back tomorrow coming off our first losing record of the fall,” Joling said.
Doubles play begins at 9 a.m. which will be followed by singles.
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