FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas women’s tennis head coach Michael Hegarty announced the Razorbacks’ 2016 schedule on Monday morning. The 25-match slate features 14 home matches and 11 road tilts, including 17 matches against teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Team Championship.
The 44th season in school history will begin Jan. 16 at noon when Arkansas hosts Houston at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center.
Arkansas’ non-conference portion of the schedule is highlighted by a trip to Los Angeles for the ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekend Jan. 22-23, which takes place at 15 campus sites. The Razorbacks will compete against Fresno State and either UC-Irvine or host UCLA. The 15 schools that win both of their matches at these events will be invited to play in the 2016 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship hosted by the University of Wisconsin from Feb. 5-8.
The 2016 campaign will mark Arkansas’ 13th season under Coach Hegarty, who is the program’s all-time winningest coach and has led the Razorbacks to seven NCAA Team Championship appearances. The Razorbacks return eight letterwinners and are coming off a 2014-15 season where they captured 16 wins and earned their 13th appearance in the NCAA Team Championship.
25 – Total matches
13 – Conference matches
12 – Non-conference matches
14 – Matches at Billingsley Tennis Center
11 – Away matches
17 – Matches against teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Team Championship.
|Sat.||Jan. 16||Houston||Fayetteville, Ark.||Noon|
|Fri.||Jan. 22||Fresno State (ITA Kick-Off Weekend)||Los Angeles, Calif.||10 a.m.|
|Sat.||Jan. 23||UCLA or UC Irvine||Los Angeles, Calif.||TBA|
|Fri.||Jan. 29||Kansas||Fayetteville, Ark.||1 p.m.|
|Sun.||Jan. 31||Purdue||Fayetteville, Ark.||11 a.m.|
|Sun.||Jan. 31||Saint Louis||Fayetteville, Ark.||3 p.m.|
|Fri.||Feb. 5||Tulsa||Fayetteville, Ark.||5 p.m.|
|Fri.||Feb. 12||Oklahoma State||Fayetteville, Ark.||5 p.m.|
|Fri.||Feb. 19||Old Dominion||Fayetteville, Ark.||11 a.m.|
|Wed.||Feb. 22||Wichita State||Fayetteville, Ark.||1 p.m.|
|Thu.||March 3||at Florida*||Gainesville, Fla.||4 p.m.|
|Sat.||March 5||at South Carolina*||Columbia, S.C.||Noon|
|Sat.||March 12||at Missouri*||Columbia, Mo.||Noon|
|Fri.||March 18||Alabama*||Fayetteville, Ark.||Noon|
|Sun.||March 20||Auburn*||Fayetteville, Ark.||Noon|
|Wed.||March 23||at Jackson State||Jackson, Miss.||11 a.m.|
|Wed.||March 23||at Jackson State||Jackson, Miss.||3 p.m.|
|Fri.||March 25||at LSU*||Baton Rouge, La.||4 p.m.|
|Sun.||March 27||at Texas A&M*||College Station, Texas||11 a.m.|
|Thu.||March 31||at Georgia*||Athens, Ga.||4 p.m.|
|Sat.||April 2||at Tennessee*||Knoxville, Tenn.||11 a.m.|
|Fri.||April 8||Kentucky*||Fayetteville, Ark.||Noon|
|Sun.||April 10||Vanderbilt*||Fayetteville, Ark.||Noon|
|Thu.||April 14||Ole Miss*||Fayetteville, Ark.||1 p.m.|
|Sat.||April 16||Mississippi State*||Fayetteville, Ark.||1 p.m.|
|April 20-24||SEC Championships||Baton Rouge, La.||All Day|
|May 13-15||NCAA Round of 64/32||Campus Sites||All Day|
|May 20-24||NCAA Team Championships||Tulsa, Okla.||All Day|
|May 25-30||NCAA Individual Championships||Tulsa, Okla.||All Day|