BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After helping No. 18 Arkansas to road wins at Alabama and No. 11 Auburn, Giulia Pairone has been named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday.
“Giulia is having a very special freshman season, and this honor is very well deserved,” head coach Michael Hegarty said. “While her level of play has obviously made a big difference to our season, it is her positive Razorback spirit that I am most proud of.”
Pairone swept her singles matches and split doubles with partner Léolia Jeanjean to help the Razorbacks beat the Crimson Tide 4-3 on Friday and top the Tigers 4-2 on Sunday.
She turned in the highest ranked doubles win of her career against Auburn, defeating No. 16 ranked Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo 6-1.
Arkansas is joined by No. 1 Florida and No. 5 Vanderbilt as the only schools to earn multiple SEC Player of the Week awards and at least one SEC Freshman of the Week honor.
Senior co-captain Shannon Hudson was named SEC Player of the Week on Feb. 8 and March 15.
Pairone owns a five match win streak and ranks second on the team with a 15-3 record this spring, including an astounding 9-3 mark in SEC action.
Arkansas and Auburn will square off again in the second round of the SEC Tournament as the No. 7 and 10 seeds, respectively, at approximately noon CT Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee.