FAYETTEVILLE-The No. 17 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team returns home to host two ranked conference foes this weekend. The Hogs will open against No. 22 Ole Miss on Friday at noon and then play No. 50 Mississippi State on Sunday at noon. Both matches will be held at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center, in Fayetteville.
“Great to be back at home, “ head coach Michael Hagerty said. “We’re looking forward to two excellent matches this weekend.”
Arkansas will be looking to get back on the winning track after falling to a pair of Top 25 teams at Florida and South Carolina last weekend.
No. 54 Anouk Tigu leads the Hogs at the No. 1 singles position with a 7-4 overall record and ranked No. 18 in the doubles’ rankings with partner freshman Claudine Paulson.
Last year, Arkansas defeated the Rebels in Oxford, Miss., 5-2. Arkansas grabbed the early momentum and the doubles point. The Hogs continued to overpower the Rebels as Kate Lukomskaya clinched the match over Mimi Renaudin, 6-1, 6-1. The Rebels bounced back at the SEC Championships to top the Hogs, 4-3.
The Rebels have won five consecutive matches and head into the weekend 2-0 in SEC play. Kristi Boxx, ranked No. 36 in singles leads the Rebels with a record a 5-1 at the No. 1 singles position. In doubles, the tandem of Boxx and Karen Nijssen, ranked No. 12 in the country with a 6-1 record.
Next on the schedule to Hogs will face No. 50 Mississippi State. Last time the two teams met Arkansas swept the Bulldogs, 4-0. Mississippi State is coming off a tough loss to No. 25-ranked Vanderbilt, 7-0.
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