#23 Arkansas Knocks off Auburn, 5-2
BY ANDRES FOCIL
AUBURN, ALA. – No. 23 Arkansas fell behind early to No. 45 Auburn after losing the doubles point Sunday afternoon at Auburn’s Luther Young Tennis Complex, but recovered in singles play by taking five of six matches to record a 5-2 victory.
“We lost the doubles point today so we needed great singles play,” head coach Robert Cox said. “We beat a very good Auburn team in a hard fought match.”
Arkansas dropped the first point of the match by losing in two of its three doubles matches. Arkansas’ only doubles win came at number one doubles where Nathan Price and Matt Simpson defeated Gabor Zoltan Pelva and Alex Schweizer, 8-6.
Down 1-0, Arkansas came out playing stronger in singles play. Matt Roberts recorded Arkansas’ first point of the match by easily defeating Rodrigo Minozzo, 6-0, 6-1. Auburn then went up 2-1 when Robbert Lathouwers knocked off Rohan Gajjar, 7-5, 6-4. The next four matches decided the course of the match with all four going to decisive third sets. Matt Simpson faced Auburn’s Nick Lane at four singles. Simpson rallied after losing the first set to win, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. At six singles, Imraan Ismail defeated Brett Hunter, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 to put the Razorbacks up 3-2. At one singles, Nathan Price, No. 83 in the nation, faced Gabor Zoltan Pelva, No. 95 in the nation. Price and Zoltan Pelva split the first two sets to force a third set. In the third set, Price jumped ahead to defeat Zoltan Pelva, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and clinch the match for the Razorbacks. Adrians Zguns, No. 10 in the nation, pulled out the closest match of the day at two singles over Alex Schwiezer. After losing the first set, 7-6, Zguns won the second by a break of serve to force a third set. Zguns and Schwiezer played to a third set tiebreaker with Zguns winning, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.
Arkansas will face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Tuesday, April 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Arkansas’ UA Outdoor Tennis Complex.
No.1 #83 Nathan Price(AR) def. #95 Gabor Zoltan Pelva(AU), 6-3,4-6,6-2
No.2 #10 Adrians Zguns(AR) def. Alex Schweizer(AU), 6-7,6-4,7-6
No.3 Robbert Lathouwers(AU) def. Rohan Gajjar(AR), 7-5,6-4
No.4 Matt Simpson(AR) def. Nick Lane(AU), 5-7,6-1,6-2
No.5 Matt Roberts(AR) def. Rodrigo Minozzo(AU), 6-0,6-1
No.6 Imraan Ismail(AR) def. Brett Hunter(AU), 7-6,3-6,6-2
No.1 Price/Simpson(AR) def. Zoltan Pelva/Schweizer(AU), 8-6
No.2 Lathouwers/Minozzo(AU) def. Ismail/Roberts(AR), 8-3
No.3 Hunter/Lane(AU) def. Gajjar/Zguns(AR), 8-5
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