OMAHA, Neb. (Feb. 19) - The Creighton women's tennis team suffered a 5-2 setback to Arkansas-Little Rock Tuesday afternoon at the Hanscom Tennis Center.
Sophomore Jennie Hartjes posted her third-straight singles victory to lead Creighton (1-4) at the No. 1 singles spot. On court six, Liz Vermillion registered her first singles win of the season to give the Bluejays its second point of the contest.
UALR (8-2) notched its fifth consecutive win and fourth straight on the road. The Trojans claimed an early 1-0 lead after taking the first two doubles matches.
On doubles court one, the Creighton tandem of senior Anna Kirshenbaum and junior Analese Snyder fell 8-4 to UALR's Yana Kakovkina and Viktoriya Plyuta. The Trojans claimed the point on court two as Michaela McShane and Veronique Luksich downed CU's Hartjes and freshman Sam Anderson 8-4.
Creighton sophomores Amanda Noonan and Vermillion were tied at 6-6 on court three against the Trojan duo of Dané Vorster and Kamilla Galieva when the match was halted.
Hartjes continued her impressive play at the top singles spot as the first Bluejay off the court with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Luksich. Vermillion put Creighton ahead in the match at 2-1 with a singles victory on court six. She toppled Christel Amsallem of UALR 7-5, 6-2.
The Bluejays came up short in some tight singles matches on the remaining four courts. Three of the duals went three sets but the Trojans were able to sweep all four to secure the win.
CU's Anderson won the first set 6-2 on court five over Vorster but the Trojan returned the scored in the second set before claiming a 6-1 in the deciding set to tie the match at 2-2. Down a set, Snyder fought back to force a third stanza with a 6-2 set two decision but could not hold the momentum against UALR's Kakovkina, falling 6-2.
Galieva clinched the team match point for the Trojans on court three with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Kirshenbaum. Noonan also forced a decisive set on court four, winning set two at 6-2 after dropping the opener 6-3, but Plyuta posted a 6-1 win in the third for the Trojans' final point.
Creighton treks to Lincoln later this week for a neutral-site match against No. 64 Wyoming at 10 a.m. Friday at the Nebraska Tennis Center.
UALR vs. Creighton
Feb 19, 2013 at Omaha, Neb.
(Hanscom Tennis Center)
UALR 5, Creighton 2
1. Jennie Hartjes (CU) def. Luksich, Veronique (UALR) 6-1, 6-2
2. Kakovkina, Yana (UALR) def. Analese Snyder (CU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
3. Galieva, Kamilla (UALR) def. Anna Kirshenbaum (CU) 6-2, 7-6
4. Plyuta, Viktoriya (UALR) def. Amanda Noonan (CU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
5. Vorster, Dané (UALR) def. Sam Anderson (CU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
6. Liz Vermillion (CU) def. Amsallem, Christel (UALR) 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish: 1, 6, 5, 2, 3, 4
Order of finish: 1, 2