joins Arkansas tennis
FAYETTEVILLE - Transfer junior Karina Ledaja
joins University of Arkansas' women's tennis team, Lady Razorback head
coach Micheal Hegarty announced this week.
Ledaja brings Hegarty's inaugural recruiting class
to four players, and edge the first-year coach closer to assembling
the greatest single recruiting class in the 30-plus year history of
"Karina is a compliment to our three earlier signees,"
Hegarty said. "All of them are extremely motivated and can compete for
playing time immediately."
Ledaja played her first two seasons at Western Kentucky
University in Bowling Green, Ky. The former No. 1 player for the Lady
Hilltoppers, Ledaja posted a 47-6 overall mark in singles, 30-2 while
in the top singles slot. In doubles, Ledaja was part of the WKU No.
1 team and had a 27-8 record.
"Karina has gained tremendous experience playing
No. 1 for Western Kentucky the past two years," Hegarty said. "I expect
her to fit in to our program extremely well and she is excited to use
her final two years of college tennis helping up climb up the SEC ladder."
Prior to Western, Ledaja was ranked No. 1 in her
native Latvia among junior players. From her hometown of Liepaja, Ledaja
won the the Latvian junior titles for singles and doubles a combined
five times and ranked as high as fourth nationally prior beginning her
The recent addition joins the freshman trio of Yawna
Allen from Tucson, Ariz., Audrey Bordeleau of Quebec City, Quebec, and
Maryori Franco of Barranquilla, Columbia, in the 2004 recruiting class.
The first-year head coach of the Lady Razorbacks
anticipates more signees for his inaugural recruiting class at Arkansas.
"We are likely to add one more player to our 2004-05
roster, and I am extremely excited about the prospects for next year,"
he said. "This is a very sturdy foundation for our program to build