GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The No. 45 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team enter the weekend having won four straight matches and look for more against No. 4 Florida in Gainesville, Fla., at 4 p.m. Friday.
Currently on a four-game road trip, the Razorbacks (12-10, 2-6 SEC) topped North Florida 5-2 and also defeated Bethune-Cookman 6-1 on Tuesday. Following Friday’s match with Florida, Arkansas travels to Columbia, S.C., on Sunday to face No. 65 South Carolina.
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TEAMS AT A GLANCE> Arkansas Razorbacks (12-10, 2-6 SEC)Head Coach: Michael Hegarty (Auburn, ‘94)Career Record: 221-161 (.578) – 15th seasonSchool Record: 145-122 (.543) – 11th seasonLast Game: W, 6-1 vs. BCU (3/25/14)Website: www.ArkansasRazorbacks.comTwitter: @RazorbackWTEN
> Florida Gators (13-4, 5-2 SEC)Head Coach: Roland Thornqvist (North Carolina, ‘96)Career Record: 390-89 (.814) – 17th seasonSchool Record: 315-38 (.892) – 12th seasonLast Game: L, 4-3 at #8 Alabama (3/23/14)Website: www.gatorzone.comTwitter: @GatorZoneTennis
GOING STREAKING> Individually,Shannon Hudsonpicked up two more wins Tuesday and improved to 12-5 in singles play this season. The freshman from Virginia Beach, Va., comes in riding a seven-game winning streak. She is 2-0 this season when playing at No. 1 singles, while playing all other matches exclusively at No. 2 singles.
> Fellow freshmanOleksandra Shkorupeievawon her third straight match Tuesday and improved to 11-6 in singles this season, whileSarah McLeanwon her fourth straight and earned her seventh win at No. 3 singles this season to bump her overall season record to 9-10.
>Kimberley – Ann Surinreached .500 at 10-10 this season with a pair of wins on Tuesday, which extended her winning streak to four straight singles victories.
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGHArkansas has played through arguably one of the toughest schedules in the country so far this season. UA has faced 14 of 20 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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