FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 45 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team continues its two-game home stand at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center hosting No.4 Alabama on Sunday at noon.
The Razorbacks (5-7, 0-3 SEC) were unable to pull out the upset win on Friday against No. 20 Auburn, but saw Shannon Hudson, Sarah McLean and Oleksandra Shkorupeieva get back in the winning column and secure momentum heading into Sunday’s showdown.
Hudson earned her first win over a ranked opponent this season on Friday, upsetting No. 114 Emily Flickinger in straight sets (6-1, 6-3) at No. 2 singles. Hudson and fellow freshman Shkorupeieva earned their first-career SEC win and team-leading sixth victory in singles this season.
Yang Pang tries to rekindle some magic from last season after upsetting No. 20 Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama at No. 1 singles last season in a 6-7, 6-3 (10-8) final. The sophomore enters this weekend with some momentum having earned her first win over a ranked opponent this season by upsetting No. 60 Georgina Sellyn of Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., last Friday.
SERIES STORY: ALABAMAArkansas trails in the all-time series against Alabama with a 13-16 record…the first meeting between the two programs came during the 1980-81 season…the most recent meeting took place last season, as the Razorbacks fell in a 5-2 final in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
TAKING NOTICEThe Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) updated its computerized rankings earlier this week and had Arkansas slotted as the No. 45 team in the nation. The Razorbacks fell 12 spots after suffering a pair of losses to begin the SEC season at Vanderbilt and at Kentucky. UA was No. 33 last Tuesday, which marked its highest national ranking since 2011-12. The Razorbacks have ranked no lower than No. 51 since the start of the spring season.
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGHThe Razorbacks hope their competitive non-conference schedule has prepared them for the testing journey through SEC play. Six of the eight non-conference opponents that Arkansas faced in its non-conference schedule are currently ranked in the ITA National Team Rankings. The stretch was highlighted by two wins in a doubleheader sweep of current No. 49 Wichita State, as well as victories over No. 69 North Texas and then-No. 55 Kansas State.
NEXT UPNo. 45 Arkansas returns to the road and travels first to face Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, on March 14, then battles Missouri in Columbia, Mo., on March 16.
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