The No. 47 University of Arkansas women's tennis team suffered its second loss of the weekend to No. 45 Tennessee, 4-0, at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville Sunday. This ends the Razorbacks’ regular season home matches, and they are now 2-10 in the Southeastern Conference and 13-14 overall.
The Lady Vols (11-10, 5-6 SEC) took first the doubles point and then three consecutive singles matches despite the Razorbacks’ valiant effort on the court.
After battling hard against Georgia Friday, Shannon Hudson fought hard against a ranked opponent, No. 94 Eve Repic. After giving up her first set at No. 1 singles, Hudson returned with a promising 5-2 lead in the second before the match was called and the game was left unfinished.
With her eight-game winning streak, Hudson holds a team-high 13 wins this season. The freshman and Virginia native now holds a 3-1 record against ranked opponents and is 3-0 this season when competing at No. 1 singles. She also maintains a winning record at No. 2 singles, which is her usual spot.
Junior Sarah McLean and freshman Okeksandra Shkorupeieva also put up a fight against Tennessee. McLean won her first set 6-4 against Joanna Henderson, and Henderson was leading by just one point (3-4) in the second set when the match was called.
Shkorupeieva kept Laurence Guevremont on her toes in the first set, but could not come in victorious, losing 7-5. In the second set, Guevremont again walked away with the win to take the match, 6-1.
Arkansas will travel to Baton Rouge, La., to play No. 54 LSU and Jackson State, April 12 on its final day of the 2013-14 regular season. The first day of the 2014 SEC Women's Tennis Tournament is April 16 in Columbia, Mo.