FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Arkansas women's tennis team saw three players move into the ITA National Rankings this week for the first time. Freshman Yang Pang and senior Claudine Paulson were recognized for their singles play, while the duo of Paulson and freshman Segou Jonker moved into the doubles rankings.
Pang was ranked No. 68 in singles, entering the singles rankings for the first time in her career. Pang is 6-6 this season in singles, and 3-1 in SEC play. She has played the entire spring season at No.1 singles, and already defeated four ranked opponents. Paulson, who is ranked No. 93 in singles is having an exceptional senior season at No. 2 singles, with a team best record of 12-2, including a 4-0 mark in the SEC.
In doubles, the duo of Paulson and Jonker has anchored the Razorbacks at the No. 1 doubles spot and move into the rankings at No. 59. The team is 7-5 this season, and has been instrumental in helping Arkansas clinch the doubles point in eight matches.
"Both Pang and Claudine are putting together fantastic individual seasons," Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty explained. "They are obviously the catalyst to our team success. It's great to have both a senior and a freshman doing so well."
The Razorbacks moved up to No. 41 in the team rankings this week, and are back home this weekend for two matches at the Billingsley Tennis Center. Arkansas hosts No. 75 Missouri at 1 p.m. on Friday, and No. 3 Texas A&M on Sunday at 1 p.m.