FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Fresh off their upset of No. 4 Notre Dame and advancement to the ITA National Indoor Championships, the newly ranked No. 14 Razorback women’s tennis team will hit the road once again and put their undefeated 4-0 record to the test. The team will travel to snowy Edmond, Okla. to take on No. 57 Oklahoma State on Friday and look to continue their strong start to the spring season.
The Razorbacks are coming off their biggest win over a top-five team since the ’08 season when when Hogs defeated No. 2 Georgia in the SEC Tournament. Now, the team gets ready to face an Oklahoma State squad that is riding a three-match losing streak, but did get its’ lone victory against Mississippi State to open the season.
“Our team is playing with an excellent focus right now,” said Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty. “We’ll need great performances this weekend and the goal at this point is to focus on improvement and this match will help us with that.”
Arkansas doesn’t have the best record against OSU all-time (2-9), but they do have the most recent win in the series, which came last year in the form of a 6-1 season opening victory in Fayetteville. Sophomore Claudine Paulson is also coming off her first SEC Player of the Week honor in her career and holds a superb 6-1 record in singles to start the season. All of her matches have come at the No. 3 position and she is also undefeated in doubles with senior Anouk Tigu.
Junior Emily Carbone has had a great start to her spring season as well. She has won her last four singles matches, including three in dual-match play. The Razorbacks lone ranked singles player, Anouk Tigu, who is ranked No. 26 by ITA, has started her spring on a good note. She is 3-1 in singles so far this spring and is 14-4 overall on the year.
Friday’s match between the Razorbacks and Cowgirls is set to start at 6 p.m. For all information regarding the Razorback women’s tennis team, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.