FAYETTEVILLE - Two Razorbacks were honored Wednesday as the Southeastern Conference office announced the selections for the All-SEC teams. Razorback freshman Yang Pang
was named to the First Team, as well as the All-Freshman team, while senior Claudine Paulson
was named to the Second Team.
“For both of them to be honored as All-SEC players is just fantastic,” Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty
said. “They both led the team from the beginning of the season to the end and are thoroughly deserving of this award.”
Pang is ranked 45th in the nation by the ITA, and has spent the entire season facing ranked opponents for Arkansas at the No. 1 singles spot. Pang is the first Razorback to be named to the All-SEC First Team since Anouk Tigu in 2011. She is the second ever Razorback on the All-SEC Freshman Team and the first since Kelsey Sundaram in 2010. Pang finished with an 11-12 record in singles, defeating seven ranked opponents, and all of her loses came to ranked players as well. She also was a solid doubles player, compiling a 10-9 record while paired with fellow freshman Brittany Huxley
Pang was strong during the conference season in singles, finishing with a 7-6 SEC record. Her top victory came in conference play, with a win over No. 20 Mary Anne MacFarlane of Alabama, who was also named to the First Team. She was one of just two players, along with Pleun Burgmans of Auburn, to be named to both the First Team and the All-Freshman Team.
“Her berth on the All-Freshman team is a phenomenal honor,” Coach Hegarty said. “It’s as strong of an All-Freshman team as I have ever seen and she rightfully belongs in this group of outstanding rookies.”
Paulson received the Second Team honor after a very strong senior campaign for Arkansas. She is ranked 74th in the nation, and was a team-leading 20-5 in singles, and 10-3 in SEC play. She also has played the entire season at No. 1 doubles, recording eight doubles victories. Paulson was tied for the most dual singles wins in the SEC with Kentucky’s Nadia Ravita and was tied for third in SEC singles victories.
The Razorbacks concluded the regular season 13-15. Pang is expected to be announced as part of the draw for the NCAA Individual Singles Championship, beginning March 22 in Champaign, Ill.