Women’s Tennis Gets Started in Little Rock
Arkansas’ women’s tennis team began their fall season this past weekend at the Country Club of Little Rock Invitational. Over the three day tournament, the Razorbacks brought home 10 singles wins and a doubles win.
The team had three wins in singles on day one and one win in doubles.
Freshman Yang Pang led the way with an impressive victory over 60th ranked Whitney Ritchie of Oklahoma (6-2, 6-2).
“Overall it was an excellent first day for the whole squad,” said head coach Michael Hegarty. “Every player benefited greatly from stiff competition.”
Claudine Paulson and Sarah McLean also recorded singles victories for the Hogs. Paulson defeated Mia Lancaster and McLean defeated Hermon Brhane, both of Oklahoma.
Paulson and McLean also won a doubles match together on day one, defeating Caroline Starck and Elizabeth Ullathorne of Texas Tech.
On day two, the Hogs once again tallied up three singles victories, each at the hands of Texas Tech, a team that ended last season ranked No. 21 in the country.
McLean defeated Texas Tech’s Sandra Dynka in her singles match.
Kimberley-Ann Surin and Ana Lorena Belmar both earned their first victories as Razorbacks against Starck and Ullathorne respectively.
“This young team is learning fast, which is very exciting to see,” Hegarty said.
On the final day of competition, the Razorbacks won four of six singles matches, but the doubles matches were rained out.
One of those wins came from freshman Kristen Mee. She beat Allie Robbins of Ole Miss (6-3, 6-3) for her first career win.