No. 33 Arkansas Set for NCAA Showdown with ODU
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s tennis team is in Chapel Hill, N.C. this weekend and set for a showdown with Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, May 7 at 9 a.m. (CT).
Arkansas began the regular season on a 10-match winning streak, sparking its best start since 2005. The Razorbacks won four straight to open SEC play, including a monster 4-3 win over then-ranked No. 9 Vanderbilt before struggling down the stretch. The Hogs picked up a first-round 4-3 win over Mizzou in the SEC Tournament to snap the team’s losing streak and help push the Razorbacks into the NCAA field.
The women’s tennis team is making its 19th trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history, accumulating a 17-14 record in post-season play. Arkansas’ last regional bid was in 2017 when the Razorbacks traveled to Stillwater, Okla. This is the first time since 2012 and the first in the last four regional appearances that the Hogs will not be playing in Stillwater.
Arkansas has made the trip to Chapel Hill once before in 2008, when the Hogs made their most successful post-season run in program history. The Hogs defeated Wake Forest 4-0 in the round of 64, North Carolina 4-3 in the round of 32 and then advanced to Tulsa where they took down Georgia 4-2 in the Sweet 16 before falling to UCLA 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
The Scout and Series
- The Monarchs (12-4) have won 10 matches in a row and outscored their last 10 opponents, 51-11.
- They enter the weekend ranked No. 29 in the Oracle/ITA rankings.
- ODU advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2019 and was ranked 25th when the remainder of the 2020 season was canceled.
- 10th-year head coach Dominic Manilla earned Conference USA Coach of the Year honors for the third consecutive season, junior Yulia Starodubtseva was named the C-USA Player of the Year, Tatsianna Sasnouskaya was tagged as the Freshman of the Year and Holly Hutchinson acquired Outstanding Singles Player at the C-USA Championship.
- This season marked Old Dominion’s second-ever conference championship and first ever in Conference USA.
- The Hogs have matched up against ODU just twice in program history, winning both matches by a score of 4-3 in 2015 and 2016.
The winner of Arkansas-Old Dominion will play the winner of UNC-South Carolina State on Saturday, May 8 at 3 p.m.
First- and second-round competition takes place May 7-8 or 8-9 and features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner of each site advances to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 16-28.
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