FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 46 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team travels to Florida for a four-game road trip, beginning with dual matches against North Florida and Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday.
The Razorbacks (10-10, 2-6 SEC) face North Florida at 10 a.m., followed by Bethune-Cookman at 2 p.m. Tuesday. UA also faces Florida in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday, then heads to Columbia, S.C., for a matchup with South Carolina on Sunday.
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TEAMS AT A GLANCE
> North Florida Ospreys (9-3, 2-1 Atlantic Sun)
Head Coach: Audra Cohen (Miami, ’09)
Career Coach: 32-9 (.780) – second season
School Record: 32-9 (.780) – second season
Last Game: W, 5-2 at Stetson (3/22/14)
> Arkansas Razorbacks (10-10, 2-6 SEC)
Head Coach: Michael Hegarty (Auburn, ’94)
Career Record: 219-161 (.576) – 15th season
School Record: 143-122 (.540) – 11th season
Last Game: W, 6-0 vs. ORU (3/23/14)
The Razorbacks earned a pair of dual match victories on Sunday and closed out a 2-1 week- end at home. Arkansas fell in a close 4-3 loss to No. 32 Ole Miss last Friday, but bounced back with a 4-1 victory over No. 69 Mississippi State on Sunday. Pang/Shkorupeieva paired at No. 1 doubles and upset No. 40 Perper/Tran of MSU in convincing fashion, cruising to an 8-1 vic- tory. UA also hosted Oral Roberts on Sunday, which it swept 6-0. This week, the Razorbacks return to the road and travel to face North Florida and Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, Florida in Gaineseville, Fla., on Friday and then head to Columbia, S.C., for a matchup with South Carolina on Sunday.
“Nicky” Yang Pang and “Sasha” Oleksandra Shkorupeieva earned their first win over a ranked doubles team on Sunday, upsetting No. 40 Perper/Tran of Mississippi State with a convincing 8-1 victory. The win gave the two a team-leading third SEC doubles win this season. Shkoru- peieva also leads all Razorbacks and earned her team-high ninth individual doubles win. Pang is 8-6 overall and 3-3 in the SEC for doubles, while Shkorupeieva is 9-6, 3-4 SEC.
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH
Arkansas has played through arguably one of the toughest schedules in the country so far this season. UA has faced 17 of 21 opponents that were either ranked at the time of play or are currently ranked in ITA national team rankings. The Razorbacks endured a stretch in their schedule earlier this season over which they faced ranked opponents in 10-of-11 matches. UA has already earned five key wins over ranked opponents this season, defeating Wichita State (2x), Kansas State, North Texas and most recently Mississippi State.
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