The Razorback women’s tennis team began its season with a pair of wins over Wichita State at home Sunday afternoon.

“It was a total team effort out there today,” head coach Michael Hegarty said. “I know the team is excited about the growth that we are already seeing in our team.”

Arkansas topped Wichita State 4-2 in the first match and completed the sweep with a 4-3 victory in the second match.

The Shockers, who have won five straight Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships, provided the Razorbacks with some tough competition.

“It is also definitely a confidence builder to get two good wins today,” Hegarty said. “Wichita State is even better than we already knew and they will be in the NCAA Tournament.”

Freshman Shannon Hudson and sophomore Kimberley-Ann Surin led the Hogs, each going 3-0 on the day.

Yang Pang, Hudson, Surin and Oleksandra Shkorupeieva opened their seasons with wins to help Arkansas claim the 4-2 win in the first match.

These were the first career spring wins for Hudson and Shkorupeieva.

The Shockers boast the No. 7 doubles pair in the ITA Central Region in Julia Schiller and Abby Stevens, but Hudson and Sarah McLean came away with the 6-4 win.

Surin and Brittany Huxley won their doubles match 6-0 to win the doubles point for Arkansas in the second match.

In the singles portion of match two, Surin and Hudson each collected their third victories of the day. Huxley’s 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win against Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul gave the Hogs the point they needed to win the match.

Arkansas will compete next Jan. 24 against No. 55 Kansas State as part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Athens, Ga.


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