The University of Arkansas women’s team will open their 2009 spring season in Charlottesville, Va. for the Virginia Collegiates. Each day Arkansas will play singles and doubles matches against another opponents, however it will not be a dual match but rather individual matches.
Razorbacks in Top 15:
The Razorbacks enter the spring season in the same position they ended the 2008 season, at No. 14. This is the highest ever preseason ranking in program history. Arkansas is coming off an 18-10 overall record including a trip to the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Aurelija Miseviciute has earned another spot among the nation’s top tennis players in the preseason singles rankings by the ITA. Miseviciute, ranked No. 2, is coming off a 16-1 fall season including her second-consecutive ITA National Indoor Championship. Her 100 career singles victories at Arkansas puts her only four away from tying the record.
Sophomore doing it all:
Anouk Tigu is the lone Razorback who appears in both the singles and doubles rankings by the ITA. After a well-performed 12-1 record in singles, Tigu earned the No. 66 ranking. In doubles, she and teammate Nanar Airapetian rocketed to No. 8 after being unranked during the fall season. Their drastic improvement was in part to winning the ITA Central Region crown and advancing into the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships.
The ‘Hegarty Take’:
Here is what head coach Michael Hegarty had to say in regard to beginning the spring season this weekend: "We’re excited to kick off the spring season at such a strong event as the Virginia Collegiates. Hopefully we can make a fast start as we prepare for our first dual match on January 23rd (St. Louis). Our winter training has been solid and it will be great to test ourselves a lot this early."
Adding from Argentina:
Arkansas proudly announces the addition of freshman Fernanda Perrotta for the upcoming spring season. Perrotta, from Argentina, is coming off a junior career where she was ranked as high as sixth in her native country. Perrotta expects to see action along with fellow freshmen Emily Carbone and Kate Lukomskaya.