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Netters begin conference play Friday in Athens

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Netters begin conference play Friday in Athens

FAYETTEVILLE – With four non-conference wins under its belt this season, the University of Arkansas women’s tennis team is on the road to open Southeastern Conference against the Georgia Bulldogs, Friday at 4:00 p.m.

The Lady Razorbacks are coming off a six-hour win over Kansas in Fayetteville, on Feb. 25. Senior Vlatka Jovanovic sealed the Arkansas win in a third set tiebreaker.

That win served as a catalyst for freshman players Aurelija Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder. Both Arkansas players are now currently ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll at No. 20 and 43, respectively. Miseviciute and Kaluder cashed in the doubles poll as well at No. 50 in the country. As a pair this year, Miseviciute and Kaluder are 16-4 with their most recent win coming against Kansas’ Ksenia Bukina and Elizaveta Avdeeva, 8-6.

Last year against Georgia, senior Karina Ledaja gathered the lone Lady’Back win against the Bulldogs. Ledaja came back after losing the second set to win, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 over UGA’s Jitka Schonfeldova on line six.

“We are looking forward to the challenge of competing against a top program like Georgia,” Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty said. “The SEC is going to be as stiff as ever this year. This is a great way to get started.”

This season, Georgia is 3-5 overall after losing, 5-1, Feb. 25 to in-state rival Georgia Tech.

For more information on Arkansas tennis or any other Lady Razorback sport, please visit LADYBACKS.COM.



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