The Arkansas Lady Razorbacks will welcome twelve days of rest between matches. The Lady’Backs next match will be on March 21 at No. 17 Tennessee before hosting No. 3 Georgia on March 23 at the Billingsley Tennis Center.
The 30h-ranked Lady’Backs were able to go on the road and capture wins against two top 20 ranked Southeastern Conference opponents. Arkansas dropped No. 20 Vanderbilt 5-2 on Friday before upsetting No.15 Kentucky, 4-3. Arkansas had not beaten Vanderbilt since 1997 or Kentucky since 1998.
Three-in-a-row For Lady’Backs:
With the two upsets over the weekend, Arkansas is currently sporting a three-match win-streak in Southeastern Conference play. The streak began when the Lady’Backs defeated Alabama 7-0 on March 2. Arkansas has put together only one three-match win-streak in SEC play in the past seven seasons.
Make That Seven-Straight for doubles:
The doubles point has been a catalyst for the Lady’Backs all season long, and the case was no different during their recent road-trip. Arkansas claimed their sixth-straight doubles point on Friday at Vanderbilt, and seventh-straight in a doubles sweep against Kentucky on Sunday. Senior Audrey Bordeleau and freshman Anouk Tigu, ranked No. 59 nationally, currently lead the Lady’Backs in doubles action with an 11-1 record. See Stats on Page 4.
Senior Audrey Bordeleau kept her superb overall alive in wins against No. 20 Vanderbilt and No. 15 Kentucky. In both matches, Bordeleau earned the clinching point to give the Lady’Backs wins number nine and ten. She finished 4-0 overall to improve her overall record in singles and doubles to 24-2.
The Hegarty Take:
After upsetting two top 20 SEC opponents, here is what Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty had to say:
"The win against Kentucky was such a great performance by our team, not just because we managed to pull out a 4-3 decision, but it followed another great performance on Friday against Vanderbilt."
Triple Threat In Doubles:
In the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, every Lady’Backs doubles duo was ranked. Junior pair Aurelija Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder appeared at No. 21, while Maryori Franco and Nanar Airapetian came in at No. 54, and Audrey Bordeleau and Anouk Tigu at No. 59, respectively. Arkansas is only one of two SEC teams with that honor, and the only team in the Western Division with such bragging rights.