Lady’Back tennis will take their five-match win streak to No. 4 Florida on Friday, and No. 34 South Carolina on Sunday. The Gators are currently 6-0 in Southeastern Conference play and 10-1 overall. South Carolina supports a 10-4 overall record while being tied for fourth in the SEC East with a 3-3 conference mark.
The Lady’Backs captured their fourth and fifth consecutive wins on Friday and Sunday, all matches coming against SEC opponents during the streak. Arkansas dropped No. 20 Tennessee, 6-1 on Friday, before upsetting Georgia, 4-3, in front of an excited crowd at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
Pushing the Record Books:
Number 1 ranked Aurelija Miseviciute is currently on a five-match tear in conference play. The junior from Klaipeda, Lithuania now has 41 singles victories for the year, putting her one win away from second-most in a season for a Lady’Back. Her next victory will tie her with Trisha Shaw’s 1981 season, and will put her three away from Lori Zacharias’ 44 also in 1981.
Arkansas, 4-3, win against No. 6 Georgia on Sunday gave the Lady’Backs their 12th win of the season, the most wins in a season since 1999 when Arkansas had 15. The win also pushed head coach Michael Hegarty’s career record at Arkansas back to .500 at 42-42.
Using the Broom in Doubles:
With clean sweeps in doubles over No. 20 Tennessee and No. 6 Georgia the Lady’Backs earned their eighth and ninth consecutive doubles points. Arkansas is currently 36-11 overall in doubles on the season, and have earned a sweep in three-consecutive SEC matches. See Stats on PAGE 4.
The Hegarty Take:
After leading the Lady’Backs to only the program’s second ever win againt Georgia, here is what Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty had to say:
"This was a really big win for us for a lot of reasons. Obviously it was a huge win for us and was another SEC victory, but to consistently see improvement in mid-season is just outstanding."
Weekend Sweep Give Lady’Backs Two-Match Cushion:
Thanks to upsets against Tennessee and Georgia over the weekend, Arkansas now finds themselves sitting atop the SEC Western Division with a two-match cushion over Auburn and LSU in second-place. The showdown against Florida on Friday could determine the out-right SEC leader if Arkansas earns a victory. Right now Florida is undefeated in the SEC and the Lady’Backs are 0-19 against the Gators in program history.