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Ledaja 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 the program.
     "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 collegiate career.
     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 on."



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