Next Up:After closing out their non-conference schedule last week against Miami (FL), the 21st-ranked Razorbacks will focus solely on Southeastern Conference action. Arkansas will play a couple of tough SEC Eastern Division teams this weekend. The Hogs host the No. 12 Tennessee Lady Vols on Friday at 12 p.m., then head to Athens, Ga. to take on third-ranked Georgia.
Book Closed on Non-Conference:After losing to No. 8 Miami (FL), 7-0, last week the Razorbacks end their non-conference season with a 5-3 record. Three of the five wins came against opponents who were ranked in the Top 60 at the time including No. 34 Tulsa. All three losses were against opponents who are currently in the Top 25 nationally including second-ranked Notre Dame.
Hogs bounce back after losses:Although the Hogs dropped a tough match against the Miami Hurricanes, one positive to take out of it is that Arkansas is 3-0 so far this season following a loss. Arkansas defeated No. 44 BYU, Memphis, and No. 50 Auburn, all following a loss.
Hawgs and Dawgs:Sunday’s match against Georgia will be the first of the season after Arkansas faced off against them three times during 2008. All three matches were extremely close and tough battles for both teams. In their first meeting in Fayetteville during the regular season, the Hogs upset then No. 6 Georgia, 4-3. After each team won their respective division, the faced-off during the semifinals of the SEC Tournament as Georgia bounced back to beat Arkansas, 4-3. The Razorbacks were able to get the last laugh by dropped Georgia, ranked No. 2, in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships ending the Bulldogs season, 4-3.A Look At The Opponents:
#12 Tennessee Volunteers 3/27 12 p.m.Head Coach: Mike Patrick (22nd year)2009 Duall Record: 10-3, 3-1Current ITA Ranking: 12thTop Ranked Singles Player: #48 Caitlin WhoriskeyTop Ranked Doubles Players: #32 Caitlin Whoriskey/ Natalie Pluskota
#3 Georgia Bulldogs 3/29 12 p.m.Head Coach: Jeff Wallace (24th year)2009 Duall Record: 13-2, 3-1Current ITA Ranking: 3rdTop Ranked Singles Player: #9 Chelsea GullicksonTop Ranked Doubles Players: #11 Yvette Hyndman/Chelsea Gullickson