In Dual matches Friday, the No. 47 University of Arkansas women's tennis team won 4-0 against Louisiana Tech but then was defeated 0-4 by No. 2 Georgia at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville.

Friday morning, the Razorbacks improved to 13-13 overall after another RPI win.

At No. 1 doubles, Kimberley-Ann Surin and Brittany Huxley grabbed the win 8-6, and Nikki Pang and Oleksandra Shkorupeieva at No. 2 won 8-3. With these victories, the Razorbacks took a 1-0 lead in the dual match against the Bulldogs.

At court No. 1, Shannon Hudson crushed her competitions on court No. 1, 6-4, 6-0.

Marking her 13th win of the season, Shkorupeieva also took a quick victory in her match against Marta Sramkova at No. 4, 6-1, 6-2.

After Surin secured a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles, both teams decided to call the match with Arkansas winning 4-0.

“We were excited to win the match with a minimum of drama,” coach Michael Hegarty said.

After the win, Hegarty said he was optimistic his team could secure a victory against Georgia later in the day, recalling their win in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

“Last time we played Georgia when they happened to be ranked No. 2, we beat them,” he said. “You know you will play well against No. 2 because all the pressure is on them.”

Despite the team’s high spirit from its earlier win and strong efforts during the match, Arkansas could not manage a win this time against Georgia.

Hudson led 6-5 over No. 16 Silvia Garcia and Sarah McLean was on top of her game going 6-2, 4-4, on No. 63 Lilly Kimbell, but both matches were cut short after the Bulldogs claimed three consecutive singles wins.

Hudson has won eighth straight matches and improved to 3-0 at No. 1 singles. She has played all other matches exclusively at No. 2 singles.

Georgia scored its final victory point with a victory by No. 21 Maho Kowase with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Yang Pang at No. 2 singles

“I thought we were really sharp all day long,” Hegarty said. “They have had a really good year and they are a really good RPI team.”

In their final home match of the season, the Razorbacks will face No. 45 Tennessee at 12 p.m. Sunday.

 

Arkansas Tops Louisiana Tech 4-0, Falls to Georgia 0-4

Ashton Eley

In Dual matches Friday, the No. 47 University of Arkansas women's tennis team won 4-0 against Louisiana Tech but then was defeated 0-4 by No. 2 Georgia at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville.

Friday morning, the Razorbacks improved to 13-13 overall after another RPI win.

At No. 1 doubles, Kimberley-Ann Surin and Brittany Huxley grabbed the win 8-6, and Nikki Pang and Oleksandra Shkorupeieva at No. 2 won 8-3. With these victories, the Razorbacks took a 1-0 lead in the dual match against the Bulldogs.

At court No. 1, Shannon Hudson crushed her competitions on court No. 1, 6-4, 6-0.

Marking her 13th win of the season, Shkorupeieva also took a quick victory in her match against Marta Sramkova at No. 4, 6-1, 6-2.

After Surin secured a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles, both teams decided to call the match with Arkansas winning 4-0.

“We were excited to win the match with a minimum of drama,” coach Michael Hegarty said.

After the win, Hegarty said he was optimistic his team could secure a victory against Georgia later in the day, recalling their win in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

“Last time we played Georgia when they happened to be ranked No. 2, we beat them,” he said. “You know you will play well against No. 2 because all the pressure is on them.”

Despite the team’s high spirit from its earlier win and strong efforts during the match, Arkansas could not manage a win this time against Georgia.

Hudson led 6-5 over No. 16 Silvia Garcia and Sarah McLean was on top of her game going 6-2, 4-4, on No. 63 Lilly Kimbell, but both matches were cut short after the Bulldogs claimed three consecutive singles wins.

Hudson has won eighth straight matches and improved to 3-0 at No. 1 singles. She has played all other matches exclusively at No. 2 singles.

Georgia scored its final victory point with a victory by No. 21 Maho Kowase with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Yang Pang at No. 2 singles

“I thought we were really sharp all day long,” Hegarty said. “They have had a really good year and they are a really good RPI team.”

In their final home match of the season, the Razorbacks will face No. 45 Tennessee at 12 p.m. Sunday.

 

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