FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Arkansas women's tennis team is home this weekend for the first matches of the spring season at Billingsley Tennis Center. The Razorbacks host Ohio State at 5 p.m. and Tulsa on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Last weekend the Razorbacks fell at Oklahoma 4-3, the third straight close loss on the road for Arkansas. The Razorbacks will try and build on the positives of those close matches for a successful home weekend.
"We're disappointed with the result, but with our inexperienced team, some of those things have to be gone through," Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty explained. "It's good for our players to play some of these tough nonconference matches. We try the best we can to prepare for conference play and these matches are doing that for us."
Arkansas enters the match at 4-4 and ranked 44th in the nation by the ITA. Senior Claudine Paulson leads the team with a 7-1 doubles record, followed by freshman Ana Lorena Belmar Hernandez at 6-2. The No. 1 doubles duo of Paulson and freshman Segou Jonker is 5-2, and have been instrumental in Arkansas winning the doubles point in six of their eight matches.
Ohio State is 4-3, and is also on a three game losing streak. The Buckeyes are ranked 61st in the ITA. Arkansas is 2-0 in the all-time series after a win last year.
Tulsa enters the weekend at 6-3. The Golden Hurricane are ranked 33rd in the nation by the ITA. Arkansas is 22-3 in the all-time series, and will be looking to avenge last year's loss in Tulsa, Okla.
"We're absolutely thrilled to be playing at home," Hegarty said. "We typically play really well at Billingsley. We're excited about it. Playing at home will be the breath of fresh air that we need. Ohio State we had a nailbiter 4-3 victory up there last year, so they'll be looking to come here and do the same thing to us. Tulsa on Sunday is always a rivalry match for us; they have a very strong program. We're looking forward to two really great matches at home."
Play begins Friday at 5 p.m. Admission is free and fans will receive free pizza and t-shirts. To follow the match there will be a live blog and live stats on ArkansasRazorback.com. Fans can also follow on twitter @RazorbackWTEN.