LOS ANGELES – Junior Aurelija Miseviciute led the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks on a super Sunday of final rounds of pre-qualifying at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Los Angeles, Calif.
Miseviciute not only continued her dominance in singles action, but teamed up with junior Ela Kaluder to advance in doubles, and the main qualifier on Tuesday.
“Once again we saw more high quality tennis,” said Lady Razorback head tennis coach Michael Hegarty. “Aurelija and Delia competed excellent, and it’s always a great feeling to get a player through the pre qualifier.”
After toppling two opponents on Saturday, only Noelle Hickey of Georgia Tech stood between Miseviciute and the singles qualifier.
Miseviciute quickly took the first set, 6-2, but then dropped the second set, 3-6, to set up a dramatic third set. With the chance to reach the main draw on the line, both players battled but Miseviciute stood strong into the tiebreaker final set, dispatching Hickey, 7-5.
Miseviciute, who is ranked No. 119 in the nation, will have work to do Tuesday when she faces off against the No. 84 ranked women’s player, Courtney Zauft of Texas.
The duo of Miseviciute and Kaluder came in Sunday knowing they had to win two matches in order to advance to the qualifier.
In their first match of the day, the junior duo squeaked past Texas’ pair of Stephanie Davison and Caroline Larsson, 9-8 (4). The second match for Miseviciute and Kaluder presented the challenge of Florenta Hanish and Lenore Lazarouri of Wichita State. However, the second match came much easier for the Arkansas pair, in an, 8-3, win advancing the duo to play on Tuesday.
The Lady’Backs will welcome the off day on Monday because they know what Tuesday hold.
“The action here will get much tougher on Tuesday at the first day of the qualifier,” Hegarty said.
Freshman Delia Demaschin won two matches on Saturday and advanced to Sunday to play Elizabeth Plotkin of Duke, who is the No. 102 ranked player in the nation. However, Sunday’s result was different from that of Saturday as Plotkin defeated Demaschin, 6-3, 6-2.
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