Shannon Hudson WTN 2013-14

Shannon Hudson WTN 2013-14

No. 4 Alabama defeated the No. 45 Arkansas women's tennis team 4-0 at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville Sunday.

The Razorbacks are 5-8 overall and 0-4 in Southeastern Conference play.

They struggled to compete against their seventh straight ranked opponent and were unable to produce an upset at home.

Alabama, 21-2 overall and 4-0 in the SEC, took both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and won at No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

Sophomore Yang Pang and freshman Shannon Hudson held on strong against ranked opponents May Anna Daines and Danielle Spielman at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, but both matches were left unfinished.

Junior Sarah McLean was also battling in a contested contest at No. 4 singles before the dual match was called.

The Crimson Tide came away with their 12th doubles point of the season as they won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

No. 38 sophomores Kimberley Ann Surin and Brittany Huxley stayed with No. 18 Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe early on, but were unable to capture what would have been their third upset of a ranked team this season.

No. 75 Routliffe defeated  Surin in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, extending Alabama’s lead to 2-0.

The lead grew to 3-0 for Alabama, as Emily Zabor finished up her match against Oleksandra Shkorupeieva 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.

Natalia Maynetto claimed Alabama’s fourth and finally at No. 6 singles against Flavia Araujo, 7-5, 6-1.

Arkansas travels to face Missouri next weekend Friday, March 15, followed by No. 10 Texas A&M Sunday, March 17.

The Razorbacks will look to avenge losses they suffered to both teams last season at home. The Razorbacks are 1-3 away from home overall so far this season.

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