# 23 Arkansas Tennis Loses to #58 Alabama, 5-2
BY ANDRES FOCIL
TUSCALOOSA, ALA. – No. 23 Arkansas (11-6) started up 1-0 as it won the doubles point against No. 58 Alabama, but could not win the match against the Crimson Tide as it lost 5-2 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Friday.
“We won the doubles point to start off the match well, but we couldn’t get it done in singles play,” head coach Robert Cox said. “We need to regroup and come up with a win at Auburn.”
Arkansas started up 1-0 after winning the doubles point for the third consecutive match. At number three, Adrians Zguns and Rohan Gajjar defeated Alabama’s Eric Molnar and Mike Green, 8-4. Nathan Price and Matt Simpson faced Stephen Mitchell and Chris Gostek at number one doubles. Price and Simpson defeated Mitchell and Gostek, 9-7.
Arkansas up 1-0 could not get it done in singles play as the Hogs lost five of six matches. Adrians Zguns, No. 10 in the nation, recorded Arkansas’ only singles win by defeating Chris Gostek at two singles, 6-3, 6-1. At number one singles, Stephen Mitchell, No. 55 in the nation, defeated Nathan Price, No. 83 in the nation, 6-3, 6-3. Number three singles saw Rohan Gajjar face Joseph Jung with Jung defeating Gajjar, 6-1, 7-6(3). At four singles, Eric Molnar defeated Matt Simpson, 7-5, 6-2. RJ Murray faced Matt Roberts at five singles. Murray defeated Roberts after losing the first set, 5-7, 7-6, 1-0 (13-11). At six singles, Imraan Ismail faced Alabama’s Christian Brodersen. Ismail won the first set, 2-6, but could not hold the lead as Brodersen came from behind to win, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Arkansas will try to regroup against Auburn on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m. when it faces the Tigers in Auburn, Ala.
No.1 #55 Stephen Mitchell(UA) def. #83 Nathan Price(AR), 6-3, 6-3
No.2 #10 Adrians Zguns(AR) def. Chris Gostek(UA), 6-3, 6-1
No.3 Joseph Jung(UA) def. Rohan Gajjar(AR), 6-1, 7-6(3)
No.4 Eric Molnar(UA) def. Matt Simpson(AR), 7-5, 6-2
No.5 RJ Murray(UA) def. Matt Roberts(AR), 5-7, 7-6, 1-0 (13-11)
No.6 Christian Brodersen(UA) def. Imraan Ismail(AR), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
No.1 Nathan Price/Matt Simpson(AR) def. Stephen Mitchell/Chris Gostek(UA), 9-7
No.2 RJ Murray/Joseph Jung(UA) def. Imraan Ismail/Matt Roberts(AR), 8-6
No.3 Adrians Zguns/Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. Eric Molnar/Mike Green(UA), 8-4
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