The No. 45 Arkansas women’s tennis team started its four-game road trip with a pair of victories by defeating North Florida 5-2 and Bethune-Cookman 6-1 in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday.

The Razorbacks, now 12-10 overall and 2-6 in the Southeastern Conference, have won four straight dual matches, including RPI wins against No. 75 Mississippi State and North Florida.

Against North Florida, Arkansas did exceptionally well in singles, losing only one match. Freshman Shannon Hudson increased her singles record to 12-5 this season, and is now a seven-game winning streak. Hudson is 2-0 when playing at No. 1 singles this season, playing all other matches at No. 2 singles.

In addition, freshman Oleksandra Shkorupeieva improved her singles record to 11-6 after winning her third straight match. Sarah McLean, on a four-match winning streak, earned her seventh win at No. 3 singles this season, raising her season record to 9-10 overall.

In doubles against North Florida, McLean and Hudson teamed up to defeat the Ospreys’ Vazquez and Zuniga 8-4.

In the singles matches against Bethune-Cookman, Hudson, McLean, Shkorupeiva, Kimberly-Ann Surin and Flavia Araujo came out on top for the Hogs. In doubles, McLean and Hudson won together again, 8-3, and the team of Yang Pang and Shkorupeiva earned a victory as well in doubles, 8-4.

This young Arkansas tennis team, composed of mostly sophomores, one junior and no seniors, is proving to be an up and coming force in the SEC. Under the leadership of coach Michael Hegarty, the Razorbacks are looking to make an impression next month at the SEC tournament.

Arkansas will continue its road trip, facing conference rivals Florida and South Carolina this weekend, before returning to Fayetteville to host Louisiana Tech.

 

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