SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Arkansas women’s tennis team advanced two doubles duos and two singles players into the quarterfinals of the ITA Central Region Championships on Friday.
“We played a great quantity and more important quality of tennis today,” said Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty. “Our great seniors led us from the front and our younger players are clearly rapidly improving.”
Senior Aurelija Miseviciute, the tournament’s top seed, dropped both of her opponents on Friday in straight-set fashion to move into Saturday’s quarterfinals. Miseviciute soared past Boise State’s Vivien Silfany, 6-2, 6-3, before defeating Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska, 6-2, 6-3.
The other Razorback to advance into the quarterfinals on Friday was Anouk Tigu. The sophomore from Holland was faced with a match against fellow teammate Ela Kaluder after dropping Toni Armeson from Colorado State, 6-1, 6-1. Kaluder, the tournament’s second-seed in singles, dominated Boise State’s Bianca Jochimsen, 7-5, 6-0, setting up the all-Razorback match. Kaluder, who now holds a 20-1 lifetime record at the Eccles Tennis Center in Salt Lake City, fell to Tigu 2-6, 7-6(0), 6-1.
In doubles action, the Razorbacks top-pair of Miseviciute and Kaluder had no problem with Thalia Barriga and Marta Marcinkowska of Tulsa, 8-2, to move into the quarterfinals. Airapetian and Tigu have established themselves as a threat in doubles, respectively, with an impressive win over Kansas State’s Antea Huljev and Katarina Kudlackova, 8-2.
“Getting this many players into the quarterfinals is a great sign for our squad, I was very proud of the entire teams’ efforts today,” Hegarty said.
Quarterfinals of doubles will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with singles to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. All results can be found on ARKANSASRAZORBACKS.COM.
#1 Aurelija Miseviciute (UA) def. Vivien Silfany (BSU), 6-2, 6-3.
#1 Aurelija Miseviciue (UA) def. Mary Weatherholt (Neb), 6-2, 6-3.
Nanar Airapetian (UA) def. Anastasia Putilina (Utah), 6-3, 7-5.
#46 Ela Kaluder (UA) def. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) 7-5, 6-0.
Anouk Tigu (UA) def. Toni Armeson (CSU), 6-1, 6-1.
Anouk Tigu (UA) def. Ela Kaluder (UA), 2-6, 7-6(0), 6-1.
Madeleine Geibert (Neb) def. Nanar Airapetian (UA), 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Mary Weatherholt (Neb) def. Emily Carbone (UA), 6-3, 6-1.
-#10 Aurelija Miseviciute/Ela Kaluder (UA) def. Thalia Barriga/Marta Marcinkowska (TU), 8-2.
-Anouk Tigu/Nanar Airapetian (UA) def. Antea Huljev/Kudlackova (KSU), 8-2.