The Razorback women’s tennis team swept the court with a ranked opponent, leaving Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville Friday with a 7-0 victory over No. 63 North Texas.
Arkansas’ Yang Pang and Oleksandra Shkorupeieva started off the afternoon with a 6-1 win. Sarah McLean and Shannon Hudson followed it up, dominating 6-0.
"I was particularly pleased with how we came out in doubles and clearly took a step forward from last weekend to the point where we looked strong in doubles," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "Today, I was also impressed with how we kept the foot on the gas pedal all the way to the end against an extremely well coached team."
Kimberley-Ann Surin beat Alexis Thoma at the four spot, 6-1, 6-1. Pang defeated Anastasia Shestakova, 6-0, 6-2, on court one to give Arkansas a 3-0 lead. Shkorupeieva continued the streak at No. 6, defeating Dane Joubert 6-3, 6-3.
Though it seemed North Texas was no competition for Arkansas, its victory was no small feat. The Mean Green have won three Sun Belt Conference championships the last four years under head coach Sujay Lama, including back-to-back crowns in 2012 and 2013.
Yesterday’s domination was just a promising beginning for the Razorbacks to the weekend’s matches. Arkansas has to quickly turn around and welcome Southern Illinois University today for its second dual match and then will host matches against both No. 31 Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts Sunday.
Southern Illinois welcomed a player from Argentina who may be someone Arkansas should look out for on the court today.
Lola Garcia, a freshman from Buenos Aires, Argentina, finished her senior year with four singles tournament wins as well as a doubles tournament win from 2010-11, before moving to the first division in Argentina. As a senior, Garcia earned a professional ranking of 28.