An Arkansas women’s tennis athlete competed at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-American Championships beginning Oct. 4 in Charleston, South Carolina, after the men's tennis team claimed a victory at the Legacy Bank International Tennis Federation World Tour 15k in Fayetteville on Sept. 25.
Arkansas sophomore and world No. 26 Indianna Spink fell in two sets to Pepperdine’s No. 66 Shiori Fukuda at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women’s All-American Championships on Oct. 4.
Hosted by Charleston Tennis, LLC this year, the annual ITA Championships feature the nation’s top Division I women’s tennis players.
Spink competed as the No. 2 seed in the Women’s Open Singles even in the championship.
In her first set versus Fukuda, Spink fell, 6-2. Fukuda took set two as well, 6-4, and with it, the match.
"All-Americans was a new experience for me,” Spink told Razorback Athletics. “I learned a lot from it and will be working towards being able to play in it again next year."
Spink is originally from Hertfordshire, England, and signed with the Razorbacks in April 2020. She made her debut in the ITA rankings at No. 44 her freshman year and rose to No. 38 by the end of her first season, finishing with a 15-9 overall record and earning a spot representing the Hogs at the 2020 NCAA tournament before the COVID-19 pandemic forced its cancellation.
The Razorbacks have sent a player to the qualifying round of the ITA Women’s Championships every year since 2012, excluding the 2020 season, during which the Championships were canceled.
The Arkansas men’s doubles team of Alex Reco and Nico Rousset defeated the No. 2 seed duo in three sets to take first place in the ITF World Tour 15k championship Sept. 25.
The ITF World Tour 15k is a part of the Legacy Bank NWA Tennis Series and took place at the Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville. It featured a $15,000 prize.
Reco and Rousset lost just two sets and won seven matches overall in the professional-level tournament. The senior duo originally hails from France and boasted an 11-9 record last season, the best doubles record for Arkansas.
Up next, the women’s tennis team will compete at the ITF World Tour 25k on Oct. 20, and the men’s team will compete at the ITA Regional Championship on Oct. 21.