Tennis swings into action at Virginia Winter Invite

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Virginia Winter Invite will be the inaugural event for University of Arkansas Razorback women’s tennis to begin their spring season.

The 14th-ranked Razorbacks are set to open play on Saturday against No. 18 North Carolina at 8 a.m. Arkansas faced UNC twice last season going 1-1, with their one win coming during a crucial time in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 4-3.

“We had an epic match with UNC last year at the NCAAs,” said Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty. “It was a real program-changer that catapulted us to the Sweet 16.”

Arkansas brings a veteran squad to Charlottesville, Va. including some highly-ranked players. Senior Aurelija Miseviciute leads the charge in singles with her No. 2 national ranking, while sophomore Anouk Tigu is a threatening at No. 66. In doubles, Tigu and Nanar Airapetian currently sit within the Top 10 national duos at No. 8.

Other teams competing in the tournament will be host Virginia along with Utah.

“Utah is especially well coached and they gave us all we could handle last year, much like UNC,” Hegarty said.

The format for the three day tournament is round-robin, and although Arkansas will be facing other teams in singles and doubles action each match only counts on an individual level and not as a dual match.

For immediate results following each match, visit ARANSASRAZORBACKS.COM.