prepare for LSU in SECS
NASHVILLE, TN -- The University of Arkansas
women's tennis team is making sure it is ready for anything when they
travel to Nashville, Tennessee for the Southeastern Conference Tournament
on April 15-18. The Lady Razorbacks, 8-13, 0-11, square off against
the fifth seeded Louisiana State University Tigers, 15-6, 6-5, on Day
One of the tournament tomorrow.
"The SEC tournament is the premiere conference
tournament," said head coach Michael Hegarty. "It is sometimes even
better than the NCAA tournament. This year, a team would have to defeat
three of the top five teams in the country to win the tournament. What's
funny is that you may not have to do that at the NCAA tournament."
The Lady'Backs arrive in the Music City
the day before the tournament for a scheduled 1:30 practice session
at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center to prepare mentally and
physically for the match.
Any Arkansas spectator would notice the
same pre-match routine exibited by the Lady Razorbacks on Wednesday's
practice. Despite an early flight and uncooperative traffic, the Lady'Back
netters looked calm on the court and relaxed between drills.
Senior team Megan Ferreira and Anna Dybicz
focused on their graceful forehand swings on Court 9 while Iliana Pacheco
and Christian Kincannon fired accurate backhands to each other on Court
On Court 5, Melissa Cornett and Whitney
Morton worked on their short game but also sat down to discuss strategy
All-time, the Tigers lead the series, 14-9.
The last time Arkansas defeated LSU came in 2000 when the LadyBacks
beat the Tigers in Fayettville, 5-4. The Lady Razorbacks last defeated
LSU in the SEC in 1999, 5-4.
In there last meeting, LSU jumped out early
on Arkansas and never let go. The Tigers swept doubles, taking a point
advantage over the Lady'Backs.
In singles, Dybicz tallied the lone point
for Arkansas. She took down LSU's Jessica Ferguson, 6-4, 6-4.
Arkansas and LSU kick off the tournament
tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please visit www.ladybacks.com.