CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – “It feels awesome,” were the words senior Aurelija Miseviciute said to describe her second national title at the ITA National Indoor Championships in as many years on Sunday in Charlottesville, Va.
“This is a very rewarding feeling, I was just trying to play good tennis and I think it worked,” said Miseviciute.
Miseviciute, the No. 1 ranked women’s tennis player, dropped the No. 2 ranked player, Clemson’s Ana Mijacika in three-sets but not before a tough battle.
Miseviciute dropped the first set to Mijacika, 6-1, then won a very close second set in a 7-5 fashion to set up for a dramatic third set. Down 4-1 in the third set, the Razorback in Miseviciute took over as she drove past Mijacika, 6-4, to hoist her second-consecutive National Indoor Championship.
“The quality of play today was extremely high and what was most impressive was the way (Miseviciute) hung in there since she trailed 95 percent of the match,” said Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty. “Full credit goes to Ana (Mijacika) who competed incredible as well.”
The victory was reminiscent of last years ITA National Indoor singles championship match when Miseviciute, then ranked No. 119, dropped Mijacika 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(3).
“I love this tournament and its been a great week to be here with my teammates and coach,” Miseviciute said. “A big thanks goes to all of them for being with me.”
Miseviciute moves alone into fourth-place all-time in singles wins at the University of Arkansas with number 104, four wins from the capturing the record.
The win by Miseviciute closes out the fall season for Arkansas women’s tennis. Their next match will take place on Jan. 17 at the Virginia Collegiates.