FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas women’s tennis head coach Michael Hegarty announced the signing of blue-chip recruit Shannon Hudson to a national letter of intent today to join the women’s tennis program for the 2013-14 season.
Hudson, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is the first member of the 2013-14 recruiting class. She had a very successful junior career, where she was ranked as high as No. 6, and was ranked 18th in the tennis recruiting class of 2013.
“We are excited with the addition of Shannon into our program,” Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty said. “She has had an outstanding junior tennis career and we expect great things for her here in Fayetteville. Shannon is a great fit with our program and she is definitely going to be an impact player in the Southeastern Conference.”
As a junior player, Hudson was ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic section for 26 consecutive months from March 2009 to June 2012. She had six top three finishes at USTA Super National events, and was named Hampton Roads All-Sport athlete of the year. As a sophomore at Colonial High School she had the first ever sweep of all three state championship events, winning the state championship in team competition as well as individual singles and doubles, including a win in singles over reigning champion Emily Flickinger, currently playing for Auburn. She was also named as Outstanding Metro Scholastic Women’s Player of the year for two consecutive years. Among high school seniors, she was ranked 28th nationally, sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Section, and first in Virginia by the Tennis Recruiting Network. Additionally, she was the No. 1 seed at the USTA Girls 16 & Under Clay Court Nationals in Virginia Beach in the summer of 2012. Hudson comes to Arkansas with a long family legacy at the University. She represents the fourth generation in the Hudson family to attend college in the state of Arkansas. Before her grandfather Robert Carnahan Hudson graduated from the University in 1951, her great-grandfather, Walter Cole Hudson attended the University in 1895-1897 when it was known as Arkansas Industrial University. James Hudson also attended college in Arkansas. Shannon Hudson was born in 1995 to parents Walter Hudson and Barbara Wine, both of Virginia Beach.