COLUMBUS, Ohio – Another day, another eye popping performance by University of Arkansas junior Aurelija Miseviciute.
Miseviciute began Friday at the ITA National Indoor Championships by making it to the quarterfinals after defeating No. 39 ranked Sanaz Marand of North Carolina in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
However, the Lithuania native’s biggest win of the day came in her second match against LSU’s Megan Falcon, the No.1 ranked women’s player in the nation. Miseviciute took the first set 6-4, dropped the second set, 4-6, but stormed back with a, 6-1, victory in the third set to claim the match.
“Aurelija faced some very tough tests today by losing at least one set in each match,” said Arkansas assistant coach Jeroen Joling. “But, she showed heart and it was a very positive day for her to get those wins.”
Miseviciute is set to face Taylor Ormond, a freshman from Baylor, on Saturday in the semifinals.
In Auburn, Ala. the rest of the Lady Razorbacks tennis team was competing at the SEC Fall Coaches’ Classic on Friday.
In Flight C, senior Audrey Bordeleau received a first round bye, thendefeated Alabama’s Meritt Emery, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. Also in Flight C, freshman Delia Demaschin topped Auburn’s Gabrielle Beelen, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0, then made it to the Round of 16 by dropping Tatiana Feit of Mississippi State, 7-5, 6-0. By winning two matches on Friday, Demaschin is now set to face Cameron Ellis of Georgia in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
In Flight D, sophomore Melissa Hoffmeister lost her first match to Carolina Escamilla, 6-1, 6-0. However, she bounced back in consolation play with a win over Kylie Adenek, 6-1, 6-1. Hoffmeister will be competing in further consolation action on Saturday.
In Flight B, Maryori Franco earned a first round bye before losing to Narko Yushima of Georgia, 6-1, 6-0. Also in Flight B, junior Nanar Airapetian lost to Courtney Ulery, 6-4, 6-1 in the Round of 16, after receiving a first round bye. In consolation, Airapetian also dropped a match to Kentucky’s Sarah Woestmann, 6-2, 6-1.
“We had mixed results today,” said head coach Michael Hegarty. “We had encouraging performances but also a couple of tough loses.”
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