14th-ranked womens' tennis hosts Senior Day Saturday
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Southeastern Conference Western Division Champions, 14th-ranked University of Arkansas Razorback women’s tennis team, host Senior Day on Saturday at 1 p.m. against No. 22 LSU at the George M. Billingsley Tennis.“This senior group has worked extremely hard to lead our team from day one, and we can’t thank them enough for their efforts,” said Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty.The Razorbacks (12-6, 7-3) are riding a three-match win streak, after sweeping their last weekend series in Mississippi against No. 67 Mississippi State, 4-0, and No. 28 Ole Miss, 5-2.Seniors Aurelija Miseviciute, Ela Kaluder, and Nanar Airapetian will appear in their final regular-season match as Razorbacks on Saturday. Over their four years the seniors captured 51 dual matches, as well as the program’s only two SEC West titles and only NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance.“Rarely do you have a trio of student-athletes that accomplish half as much as this group of young ladies has in their Razorback career,” Hegarty said. “They have been the ultimate triple threat—outstanding on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”Miseviciute jumped up three spots in the ITA singles ranking to No. 2 overall as she is one match away from an undefeated mark in SEC action for the season. Sophomore Anouk Tigu remained in the Top 80 nationally at No. 79 with a 10-4 record in dual matches. In doubles, Airapetian and Tigu moved up to No. 20 after posting a 5-3 conference record thus far. Miseviciute and Kaluder remain at No. 61 boasting a 9-1 mark against conference foes.LSU comes into Fayetteville losers in four of their last six matches, including dropping their last two. The Tigers (13-8, 3-6) sport 11th-ranked Megan Falcon as their top player, while she and Mykala Hedberg are ranked at No. 25 in doubles. Arkansas lost to LSU, 4-0, in Baton Rouge during the 2008 regular season but defeated the Bayou Bengal during the SEC Championships, 4-0.Live stats for Saturday’s match can be found on ARKANSASRAZORBACKS.COM.