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SEC Play Begins For @RazorbackWTEN On Road In Nashville

03/06/2014
Athletic Communications
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FAYETTEVILLE -- Its non-conference schedule completed, the No. 33 University of Arkansas women's tennis team (5-4, 0-0 SEC) begins Southeastern Conference play this weekend with an early road test at No. 8 Vanderbilt in Nasvhille, Tenn., on Friday. 

Now in his 11th season at the helm, head coach Michael Hegarty looks to guide the Razorbacks through conference play and toward what would be their seventh NCAA Tournament berth in the past nine seasons.

"Nicky" Yang Pang:
- Returning ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year; First Team All-SEC; All-SEC Rookie Team
- Has gone 4-5 to begin the season headlining at No. 1 singles
- Also holds a 5-3 individual mark in doubles

Coach Hegarty: "At the top of our lineup we feel that we're really strong. Nikki was an NCAA qualifier as a freshman and is now looking to go back as a sophomore. Shannon is one of the top freshman in the country and so we feel like we can compete with anyone in the country at the top. That's probably one of the hardest things to do in this level is win at the top, so we view that as a strength for us."

Shannon Hudson:
- Tied for team lead with 5-4 individual record in singles
- Entered the UA program ranked 18th in the tennis recruiting class of 2013

Coach Hegarty: "Shannon is a really great competitor and she's a very smart tennis player. You combine that with her obvious athletic advantages and it's a really great package. I think the overlooked thing sometimes is that she's a really bright player. Everybody likes to talk about her speed and her physical qualities being so elite, but I think that she is also a really good tactician on the court. I think that is what seperates her from a lot of players.

Kimberley - Ann Surin:
- Fills the middle of UA's lineup spending time between No. 3/No. 4 singles
- Tied for the team lead with 5-4 singles record
- Biggest impact at doubles with partner Huxley (ITA No. 38 doubles; 5-2 record)
- Now 2-1 vs. ranked opponents in doubles, including upsets of No. 31/No. 51 teams

Coach Hegarty: "I thought that Kim had a breakout fall season. She has really developed between the spring of her freshman year and the fall of her sophomore year. She is an overall better player in every way now and she's certainly in position to have a breakout spring."

Sarah McLean:
- Team's lone upperclassmen
- Alternates with Surin at No. 3/No. 4 singles
- Looking to build on 9-14 dual record last season where she played mostly No. 3 singles 

Coach Hegarty: "Sarah is what you would call a 'glue player' on the team. She is a great competitor and somebody who plays better for the team. She's someone who you can really count on and that's what she brings every single day that we compete. You know that you're going to get an amazing effort from her."

Brittany Huxley:
- Biggest impact at doubles with partner Surin (ITA No. 38 doubles; 5-2 record)
- Now 2-1 vs. ranked opponents in doubles, including upsets of No. 31/No. 51 teams
- Holds 2-3 record at No. 5 singles so far this season 

Coach Hegarty: "Brittany is only a third-semester player having arrived in January as a freshman, so she is still really in many ways at the end of her freshman year so to speak. She's still working on getting over some of that freshman stuff and building toward really being a strong anchor in the lineup."

"Sasha" Oleksandra Shkorupeieva:
- "Sasha" holds a 4-1 record at No. 6 singles
- Has paired with Pang for a 4-1 record in doubles
- Holds 3-0 record at No. 2 doubles

Coach Hegarty: "Sasha has adjusted extremely quickly, which is something we're not surprised about because she is a very, very smart kid," Hegarty said. "She's also a very, very competitive kid. If you're really smart and you're really competitive, it typically works out well for you."

Taking Notice
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its first computerized rankings of the season on Tuesday. Based on a computer point-per-match formula, the Razorbacks rose 10 spots to No. 33 after being ranked No. 43 in the country in last week's ITA National Team Rankings. It marks the highest national ranking for Arkansas since it finished the 2011-12 season at No. 33 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for a fifth straight season.

When the Going Gets Tough...
The Razorbacks hope their competitive non-conference schedule has prepared them for the testing journey through SEC play. Six of the eight non-conference opponents that Arkansas faced in its non-conference schedule are currently ranked in the ITA National Team Rankings. The stretch was highlighted by two wins in a doubleheader sweep of current No. 49 Wichita State, as well as victories over No. 69 North Texas and then-No. 55 Kansas State. 

Coach Hegarty: "We're excited by the fact that we've played a tough non-conference schedule. We've played almost every match against a ranked team. We had some good, quality RPI wins over Wichita State, North Texas and Kansas State, which are all wins that will help us later on. We've seen a little bit of everything so far and that's exactly what we need to be doing to prepare for conference play." 

Life in the SEC
The SEC ranks second among conferences with six teams in the top 25 of the ITA National Team Rankings, trailing only the ACC and its seven representatives.

Next Up
No. 33 Arkansas begins SEC play this weekend at No. 8 Vanderbilt. The dual match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday.

For more information on Arkansas women's tennis, follow @RazorbackWTEN on Twitter.


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