The No. 39 Razorback women’s tennis team trailed 3-0 at Missouri before fighting back to earn the 4-3 victory over the Tigers, the first conference win of the season for Arkansas.

“This was a total team effort out here in difficult conditions today,” head coach Michael Hegarty said. “We have been very close to big wins like this and I give full credit to our players for only getting stronger the more we build further into the season. We have many more matches of this intensity ahead of us and I know we are excited for that challenge.”

The Tigers won the doubles point to open the contest before grabbing two straight singles wins to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Freshman Shannon Hudson started the rally for the Hogs by earning a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kelli Hine at No. 2 singles.

Sophomore Yang Pang followed that up at the No. 1 spot with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win over Cierra Gaytan-Leach. Pang lost to Gaytan-Leach twice last season, but got a win when the Razorbacks needed it. It was the second straight SEC singles match win for Pang.

Another freshman, Oleksandra Shkorupeieva, playing at No. 5 singles, got a straight sets win over Cassidy Spearman to tie the match at 3-3.

Flavia Araujo was tied with Tracy Dong 6-6 in the first set before pulling out the victory 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 at No. 6 singles to get the point the Hogs needed to grab the win. This was Araujo’s first win in singles play this season.

Arkansas returns to the courts at home this weekend when the Razorbacks host Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Oral Roberts.

 

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