April 3, 2014
RUSTON - Coming off one of its best performances of the spring, Louisiana Tech looks to continue the strong play on the courts as they square off against No. 47 ranked Arkansas on Friday at 10 a.m. at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Lady Techsters will then return home for Senior Day on Sunday with an 11 a.m. match versus Conference USA rival Southern Miss.
"The team is excited about an opportunity to take on Arkansas," said head coach Chad Camper. "The Razorbacks have had a great season and it will be good as a coach to see where we measure up. We have been playing well, and this will be a true test.
"Sunday against Southern Miss is another important match. They have six freshmen in their lineup and just beat UAB so we know they can play some tennis."
LA Tech (14-4, 3-1 C-USA) was able to extend its eight-match home winning streak last weekend by ending an 11-match winning streak of its opponent, Northwestern State.
They did so in impressive fashion, dominating the match to the tune of a 7-0 victory. Lone senior Melanie Urvoy, who will be playing her final match at the LA Tech Tennis Complex on Sunday, was a big key to the win and to this year's success.
"Melanie, our lone senior, has seen this program at the bottom and the top so she is deserving of a win on Sunday," said Camper. "She has been a great leader for the program. The team and the program will miss her tremendously next season."
Urvoy teamed up with Alexandra Starkova to notch the first win in doubles versus the Demons, and was the first player in singles to finish with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 5.
With only three matches left until the C-USA Tournament, the squad may be peaking at the right time.
Arkansas (12-12) is coming off a four-match road swing with two wins over North Florida and Bethune-Cookman and two losses against No. 4 Florida and No. 65 South Carolina.
Southern Miss (6-11) has won two of its last three matches and is much improved from last year that saw the Golden Eagles go winless in the spring season.
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