In the start of fall competition, the men’s and women’s tennis teams impressed during the opening weekend of the season.
The women’s team opened the season Friday with impactful performances at the UVa Invite and Little Rock Classic.
At the UVa Invite, the Razorbacks earned an 8-6 victory in doubles action over Miami University of Ohio. Razorback players Yuliya Lysa and Shannon Hudson came out on top after taking down Miami’s Andreea Badileanu and Nelli Ponomareva.
The two victors joined fellow Razorback Ana Oparenovic in singles play, and the three Hogs combined for five wins in the first two rounds of play.
In Little Rock, Nicole Breaux defeated Brooke Stevens of Ole Miss 7-5, 6-2. Doubles play was once again impressive for the Hogs. Oleksandra Shkorupeieva and Makenzie Craft earned a 6-4 victory over the Kansas duo of Maria Jose Cardona and Summer Collins.
The Razorback men’s team put on an incredible performance Friday at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Junior Mike Redlicki capped off the tournament by winning singles competition.
Four Razorbacks competed in the singles draw. Redlicki and junior Jose Salazar competed in the A Singles Gold draw. Salazar had an exciting performance throughout the competition, but he was defeated by Tennessee’s Luis Valero in the semifinals. Valero went on to lose 6-4, 6-1 to Redlicki in the final draw.
Redlicki joined teammate Santiago Munoz in doubles play. The pair dominated Georgia Tech’s Elijah Melendez and Daniel Yun and earned a lopsided 8-2 victory. However, the two were defeated 8-6 by Georgia Tech’s Casey Kay and Michael Kay.
The two other Arkansas players who competed in singles play had admirable performances in the B Singles White draw. Munoz earned a victory in the first round and advanced to the quarterfinals, where he fell 6-3, 7-6 to Tennessee’s Igor Smelyanski. Razorback sophomore David Herrerias advanced to the semifinals where he lost 6-3, 6-4 to Harrison O’Keefe of South Carolina.