NASHVILLE, TN — The University of Arkansas women’s tennis team is making sure it is ready for anything when they travel to Nashville, Tennessee for the Southeastern Conference Tournament on April 15-18. The Lady Razorbacks, 8-13, 0-11, square off against the fifth seeded Louisiana State University Tigers, 15-6, 6-5, on Day One of the tournament tomorrow.
“The SEC tournament is the premiere conference tournament,” said head coach Michael Hegarty. “It is sometimes even better than the NCAA tournament. This year, a team would have to defeat three of the top five teams in the country to win the tournament. What’s funny is that you may not have to do that at the NCAA tournament.”
The Lady’Backs arrive in the Music City the day before the tournament for a scheduled 1:30 practice session at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center to prepare mentally and physically for the match.
Any Arkansas spectator would notice the same pre-match routine exibited by the Lady Razorbacks on Wednesday’s practice. Despite an early flight and uncooperative traffic, the Lady’Back netters looked calm on the court and relaxed between drills.
Senior team Megan Ferreira and Anna Dybicz focused on their graceful forehand swings on Court 9 while Iliana Pacheco and Christian Kincannon fired accurate backhands to each other on Court 4.
On Court 5, Melissa Cornett and Whitney Morton worked on their short game but also sat down to discuss strategy for LSU.
All-time, the Tigers lead the series, 14-9. The last time Arkansas defeated LSU came in 2000 when the LadyBacks beat the Tigers in Fayettville, 5-4. The Lady Razorbacks last defeated LSU in the SEC in 1999, 5-4.
In there last meeting, LSU jumped out early on Arkansas and never let go. The Tigers swept doubles, taking a point advantage over the Lady’Backs.
In singles, Dybicz tallied the lone point for Arkansas. She took down LSU’s Jessica Ferguson, 6-4, 6-4.
Arkansas and LSU kick off the tournament tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please visit www.ladybacks.com.