FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas women’s tennis team begins its seven-match homestand this weekend, welcoming Kansas, Purdue and Saint Louis to Dills Indoor Courts.
The Razorbacks take on the Jayhawks at 1 p.m. Friday followed by a doubleheader Sunday, facing the Boilermakers at 11 a.m. and the Billikens at 3 p.m.
First Serve: Friday at 1 p.m. | Sunday at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
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• Friday – One lucky fan in attendance will win a pair of tickets to Friday’s gymnastics meet versus Auburn. One lucky fan in attendance will win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s men’s basketball game versus Texas Tech.
• Sunday – FREE Whataburger chicken biscuits to the first 50 fans.
• Sunday – One lucky fan in attendance will win a pair of tickets to next Saturday’s men’s basketball game versus Tennessee.
Led by head coach Todd Chapman, Kansas opened its 2016 campaign last week with wins over Nebraska-Omaha and Drake. The Jayhawks return four letterwinners from a 2014-15 squad that went 8-15 overall and finished sixth in the conference standings, its highest finish in six seasons. Friday’s contest marks the 18th time between the two programs with the Razorbacks holding an 11-7 advantage in the series. Arkansas won the last meeting, 5-2, on Feb. 2, 2008.
Purdue went 14-9 overall last season and is one of 17 teams on Arkansas’ schedule that participated in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers fell, 4-1, in the first round to then No.-20 Duke. The Boilermakers hold a 3-0 all-time series lead over the Razorbacks and won, 4-3, a year ago in West Lafayette. Purdue returns six letterwinners from last season and is led by head coach Laura Glitz. The Boilermakers are 5-1 this spring.
Led by head coach Jonathan Zych, the Billikens went 10-6 last season and are off to a 4-1 start in 2016. Arkansas is 6-0 all-time against Saint Louis with the last win coming in 2010.
Doubles Duo Starts Strong
Freshman Ana Oparenovic and sophomore Mia Jurasic are off to a strong start in doubles play this season. The duo picked up two wins this past weekend to improve to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in dual matches. The two victories also increased the pair’s winning streak to six matches.
Last Time Out
The Razorbacks competed in the 2016 ITA Kick-Off Weekend, hosted by then-No. 9 UCLA. The Razorbacks suffered a 4-1 setback to Fresno State in the opening round but bounced back on day two, defeating UC Irvine 4-1 in the consolation match.
Following this weekend, the Razorbacks will remain home to host Tulsa on Friday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m.