Tennis wins five, drops two on annual spring road trip
The UALR tennis team finished its annual spring road trip with five wins and two losses, facing seven opponents over the course of eight days. The road trip saw the Trojans traveling to three different states Feb. 16 through Feb. 23.
Over the course of the road trip UALR squared off against Washburn University in Kansas; Rockhurst University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Missouri and Creighton University, the University of Nebraska Omaha, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University Wyoming in Nebraska.
On the first game of the road trip, Feb. 16 against Washburn, the Trojans cruised to a 7-0 victory. They won all three doubles matches and all six singles matches. In one set of the doubles matches, UALR’s team of freshman Kamilla Galieva and sophomore Dané Vorster shut out Washburn 8-0. In the singles matches, UALR freshman Christel Amsallem shut out her opponent 6-0 and 6-0.
The Trojans travelled across the state line into Missouri to play two schools Feb. 17, bringing their schedule to three matches in two days. Their first opponent of the day came from Rockhurst and the Trojans were able to come away with a 6-1 victory. However, the second match of the day, versus UMKC, turned out to be a close one. UALR squeaked by with a 4-3 win. In singles play, UALR and UMKC split the matches at three apiece. Two of UALR’s three wins in singles play warranted three rounds of play and only one match was clinched in two rounds. In doubles play, UALR won two of three thanks to a team of Galieva and Vorster and also a team of sophomore Michaela McShane and senior Veronique Luksich.
The Trojans took a day off to travel to Omaha, Neb., resuming Feb. 19 against Creighton. In the singles competition, UALR earned four wins from senior Yana Kakovkina, junior Viktoriya Plyuta, Vorster and Galieva. In the doubles, UALR earned the point by capturing two of the three matches. In total, UALR came away victorious 5-2.
The following day, UALR took on Omaha. The Trojans nearly swept the singles competition, losing only one- Kakovkina’s three-set loss. Once again, the Trojans proved to be clicking in doubles competition, coming away with the point by winning two of three matches. UALR defeated Omaha 6-1.
UALR had a day off on Feb. 21, using it to rest and travel to Lincoln, Neb. to face two nationally-ranked opponents.
On Feb. 22, the Trojans squared off against 15th-ranked Nebraska, failing to secure a point the entire match. The closest UALR would come to securing a point came in the number three set of the doubles competition. UALR’s team of Galieva and Vorster lost 5-8 against Nebraska’s duo of Izabella Zgierska and Maggy Lehmicke.
The final match of the road trip was played Feb. 22 against 64th-ranked Wyoming. The Trojans had another tough time finding ways to secure points and dropped the match 2-5. The Trojans got their two points from Kakovkina and Plyuta in singles competition. UALR was swept in the doubles.
UALR is now 9-4 this season and will have one home match against Louisiana Tech before hitting the road for four matches, three of which will be conference games.