Hogs’ women’s team gets six in first rankings of year

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the first Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I National Singles and Doubles Rankings of the 2017-18 season on Wednesday.

The Arkansas women’s tennis team was well represented as a program-best six players earned a spot in either the singles or doubles rankings.

“It’s great to see six Razorbacks featured in the new national rankings,” coach Michael Hegarty said. “It’s a testament to an extremely successful fall season across the board. We are excited to move toward the spring season taking more confidence from these rankings.”

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After turning in an impressive fall campaign that included a singles round of 16 appearance at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, senior Léolia Jeanjean earned a No. 67 singles ranking.

In doubles, Jeanjean and sophomore Giulia Parione checked in at No. 25, sophomore Jackie Carr and freshman Tatum Rice surged into the rankings at No. 34, and senior Mia Jurasic and junior Ana Oparenovic landed at No. 57.

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During the fall season, Jeanjean and Pairone advanced to the round of sixteen at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships and finished runner up at the ITA Central Regional Championships. Carr and Rice picked up three wins over ranked opponents and had an impressive run into the semifinals of the central regional championships. Jurasic and Oparenovic, who went 9-2 in the fall, earned a runner-up finish at the prestigious Milwaukee Tennis Class in September.

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