Coming Up:The Razorbacks will look to continue regional dominance as they did during the 2007-2008 season at the ITA Central Region Championships in Salt Lake City this week. Thanks to a great performance in last season’s championships Arkansas earned a bid into the National Team Indoor Championships during the spring season. The event will take place Oct. 15-18 and results can be found on ARKANSASRAZORBACKS.COM.
Over the week:Senior Nanar Airapetian made it into the semifinals of Flight A in singles over the weekend at the Rebel Classic in Oxford, Miss. Overall, the Razorbacks finished 5-4 on the weekend while opening singles action 3-0 on day one. Emily Carbone’s opening round win produced her eighth singles win on the season, placing her tied for most singles wins on the team with Aurelija Miseviciute.
Miseviciute vs. the nation’s elite:Senior Aurelija Miseviciute anchored the Razorback team at the ITA Central Region Championships last season by winning the singles title and earning runner-up in doubles with teammate Ela Kaluder. Combined, Arkansas completed the first two days with a 15-2 overall record, establishing themselves as a large-threat in NCAA Women’s Tennis.
A Look at the Stats:At the top of the statistics, stand a freshman and senior for Arkansas. Freshman Emily Carbone and senior Aurelija Miseviciute lead the team in singles wins with eight apiece. However, Miseviciute has the most total wins, 14, as well as a 5-1 record against ranked opponents in singles. Stats can be found on Page 4.
The ‘Hegarty Take’:Here is what head coach Michael Hegarty thinks about his team’s chances at the upcoming ITA Central Region Championships: "We always look forward to this tournament. It has been a very successful event for us in years past and we aim for even more success this season. I can remember the last time we had this tournament in Utah, Ela (Kaluder) won eight straight matches to claim the singles championship, so Utah holds great history for us."