FAYETTEVILLE – After winning their first Southeastern Conference match of the season, Mar. 26, over South Carolina, the University of Arkansas women’s tennis team is back at home as it opens Western Division play against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Friday, Mar. 31, at 3:00 p.m.
With a win, the Lady Razorbacks (5-8, 1-5) could take second place outright in the Western Division but LSU would also need to defeat Ole Miss. The win would put Arkansas into second place alone with the Rebels and the Bulldogs (3-10, 1-5) tied for third.
Last year against MSU, the Lady’Backs lost to the Bulldogs after the match was moved to McCarthy Gymnasium. A three-court dynamic didn’t give Arkansas a chance to dig its way out of a 3-0 hole, resulting in a 4-0 Bulldog win.
All-time against the Bulldogs, the Lady’Backs are 6-8 since first facing State in 1992. Arkansas’ last win came in 2000 at home, 5-4. In the Lady’Backs previous home match against MSU, Arkasnas took the doubles point and fought until the end with the Bulldogs sneaking away, 4-3.
“We have a huge amount to play for in our final six regular season matches,” Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty said. “I believe this team is ready for a strong showing against Mississippi State.”
With the completion of the renovated UA Varsity Courts still a few weeks away, the outdoor match is set for the Wal-Mart Life and Fitness Center in Bentonville. Admission is free.
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