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More titles on the way for women’s tennis

BY ANDRES FOCIL
More titles on the way for women’s tennis

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Three University of Arkansas Razorbacks will be contending for a flight title on Sunday at the William & Mary Tribe Invitational.

In singles action, No. 1 Aurelija Miseviciute (Flight A), freshman Emily Carbone (Flight C) and senior Nanar Airapetian (Flight D), are all looking for a title on Sunday. For doubles, two Razorback tandems will share the title in Flight A as Miseviciute and Airapetian along with teammates Ela Kaluder and Anouk Tigu are co-champions.

“We definitely took another large step forward on Saturday,” said Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty. “Winning those two tie-breaks in doubles is thrilling especially against such quality competition.”

Matches begin with the doubles finals at 7 a.m.

Miseviciute showed off why she is the top-seed at the Invitational, 6-1, 6-4, over William & Mary’s own #87 Ragini Acharya in the quarterfinals. Then, she dropped Lane Krasnopolsky of Boston College, 6-1, 6-2, setting up her final match with Harvard’s Beier Ko.

In Flight C, Carbone quickly defeated Boston College’s Katarina Gajic, 6-4, 6-1, then Maria Prishlyak of Penn State, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1, in the semifinals. She advances to face Katharine Attwell from Boston College on Sunday.

Airapetian shot through Flight D on Saturday with two straight-set victories for her road to the final. Her 6-2, 6-2 win over Richmond’s Xenia Schneider and 6-2, 6-3 march over Samantha Rosekrans of Harvard opened many eyes on Saturday.

Only two events into the 2008 fall season, the Razorbacks have displayed their doubles play will once again be a strength. Miseviciute and Airapetian snuck past Michaela Kissel and Lauren Greco of Miami-FL, 9-8(5), as Kaluder and Tigu defeated Acharya and Katarina Zoricic of William & Mary by the same score.

In Flight B singles, Tigu claimed a win over Joanna Matusczyk, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, before withdrawing from the tournament for precautionary reasons.

In the consolation draw of Flight B, freshman Kate Lukomskaya defeated Angela DiPastina of Ohio State, 3-6, 6-0, 14-12.

To see how the Razorbacks fair on the final day at the Tribe Invitational visit ARKANSASRAZORBACKS.COM.

Singles

Flight A

Semifinals #1 Aurelija Miseviciute (Ark) def. Lana Krasnopolsky (BC) – 6-1, 6-2

Quarterfinals #1 Aurelija Miseviciute (Ark) def. #87 Ragini Acharya (W&M) – 6-1, 6-4

#84 Beier Ko (Harvard) def. #46 Ela Kaluder (Ark) – 6-1, 6-2

Flight B

Semifinals

Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Anouk Tigu (Ark) – W/D

Anouk Tigu (Ark) def. Joanna Matusczyk (UR) – 4-6, 6-2, 6-0

Consolation

Semifinals

Kate Lukomskaya (Ark) def. Angela DiPastina (OSU) – 3-6, 6-0, 14-12

Flight C

Semifinals

Emily Carbone (Ark) def. Maria Prishlyak (PSU) – 6-4, 5-7, 6-1

Quarterfinals

Emily Carbone (Ark) def. Katarina Gajic (BC) – 6-4, 6-1

Flight D

Semifinals

Nanar Airapetian (Ark) def. Samantha Rosekrans (Harvard) – 6-2, 6-3

Quarterfinals

Nanar Airapetian (Ark) def. Xenia Schneider (UR) – 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

Flight A

Semifinals Airapetian/Miseviciute (Ark) def. Kissell/Greco (M-FL) – 9-8 (5) Kaluder/Tigu (Ark) def. Acharya/Zoricic (W&M) – 9-8 (5)

Flight B

Semifinals

Kargl/Pop (W&M) def. Carbone/Lukomskaya (Ark) – 8-3



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