#13 LSU Defeats #24 Arkansas, 5-2
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. – No. 24 Arkansas lost the first point of the match in a hard fought doubles point, and never recovered as the Razorbacks fell 5-2 to the 13th ranked LSU Tigers on Friday at Arkansas’ Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
First off the court was two doubles with Cory Ross and Sebastian Rutka, No. 41 in the nation, defeating Imraan Ismail and Matt Roberts, 8-6. Next, Arkansas’ Rohan Gajjar and Adrians Zguns defeated Peter Richmond and Ken Skupski, 9-8 at three doubles. At one doubles, Bryan Fisher and Jason Hazley, No. 26 in the nation, defeated Nathan Price and Matt Simpson, No. 45 in the nation, 8-6 to give LSU the 1-0 lead.
After falling behind 1-0, Arkansas’ Rohan Gajjar played solid singles to defeat Peter Richman at three singles, 6-2, 6-4 to tie the match at 1-1. LSU would then scrape out the next four matches. Four singles saw Bryan Fisher face Matt Simpson with Fisher winning, 6-3, 6-2. At six singles, Cory Ross defeated Arkansas’ Imraan Ismail, 6-2, 7-5. Sebastian Rutka defeated Matt Roberts at five singles, 6-1, 6-4 to clinch the match for the Tigers. At number one singles, Nathan Price, No. 83 in the nation, faced Ken Skupski, No. 28 in the nation. Price won the first set, 6-4, but Skupski won the second by a break of serve, 6-3 to force a third set. In the third both players battled to a tiebreaker at 6-6 with Skupski taking the tiebreaker, 7-5 to win the match, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5). Two singles saw another close match between Adrians Zguns, No. 19 in the nation, and Jason Hazley. Hazley won the first set, 6-4, but Zguns would even the match at a set apiece by winning the second set, 6-2. In the third set, Zguns came back from down a break of serve to defeat Hazley, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Arkansas’ will conclude its regular season with home matches against South Carolina on Friday, April 16 at 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 18 against Florida at 1 p.m.
No.1 #28 Ken Skupski(LSU) def. #83 Nathan Price(AR), 4-6,6-3,7-6(5)
No.2 #19 Adrians Zguns(AR) def. Jason Hazley(LSU), 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
No.3 Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. Peter Richman(LSU), 6-2, 6-4
No.4 Bryan Fisher(LSU) def. Matt Simpson(AR), 6-2, 6-3
No.5 Sebastian Rutka(LSU) def. Matt Roberts(AR), 6-1, 6-4
No.6 Cory Ross(LSU) def. Imraan Ismail(AR), 6-2, 7-5
No.1 #26 Bryan Fisher/Jason Hazley(LSU) def. #45 Nathan Price/Matt Simpson(AR), 8-6
No.2 #41 Cory Ross/Sebastian Rutka(LSU) def. Matt Roberts/Imraan Ismail(AR), 8-6
No.3 Adrians Zguns/Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. Peter Richmond/Ken Skupski(LSU), 9-8
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