#25 Arkansas Topples #21 Georgia, 4-3
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After losing to Tennessee on Friday, Arkansas’ tennis team upset No. 21 Georgia 4-3 on Sunday at the UA Outdoor Tennis Complex to improve to 1-1 in SEC play and 9-2 on the season.
“I can’t say enough about the kids efforts today,” head coach Robert Cox said. “We had to come out and play hard in singles after losing the doubles point. Georgia has a wonderful program with lots of tradition. Our fan support today was wonderful, and makes a big difference at the end of matches.”
With the match tied at 3-3, it came down to a decisive match with Rohan Gajjar and Strahinja Bobusic at five singles. Gajjar started slowly, but fought back to take the first set by a break of serve, 6-3. Bobusic turned around the match quickly in the second set going up 3-0 early, and eventually taking the set, 6-3. With the match tied at a set apiece the final match would be decided in a third set. At 4-4 in the third set, Bobusic and Gajjar traded breaks to even the match at 5-5. Then Gajjar would break Bobusic for the final time of the set to win the match, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
In other singles play, Nathan Price, No. 76 in the nation, faced Bo Hodge, No. 4 in the nation, at one singles. Price never let Hodge into the match winning, 6-3, 6-1. At number two singles, Adrians Zguns, No. 12 in the nation, defeated Matias Ormaza, No. 44 in nation, 6-4, 6-3. Matt Simpson faced John Isner at three singles with Isner winning, 6-4, 6-3. At five singles, Matt Roberts defeated Matic Omerzel, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Imraan Ismail and Ricardo Gonzales faced each other at six singles. Gonzales came back from a set down to win, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Georgia started out singles play with a 1-0 lead after taking all three doubles matches to get the first point of the match.
Arkansas heads to Honolulu, Hawaii, to take on the Hawaii Warriors on Friday, March 12 at 1 p.m.
No.1 #76 Nathan Price(AR) def. #4 Bo Hodge(UG), 6-3, 6-1
No.2 #12 Adrians Zguns(AR) def #44 Matias Ormaza(UG), 6-4, 6-3
No.3 John Isner(UG) def. Matt Simpson(AR), 6-4, 6-3
No.4 Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. Strahinja Bobusic(UG), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
No.5 Matt Roberts(AR) def. Matic Omerzel(UG), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
No.6 Ricardo Gonzales(UG) def. Imraan Ismail(AR), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
No.1 #5 Bo Hodge/John Isner(UG) def. Nathan Price/Matt Simpson(AR), 8-5
No.2 Matias Ormaza/Matic Omerzel(UG) def. Matt Roberts/Imraan Ismail(AR), 8-6
No.3 Stephan Timu/Ricardo Gonzales(UG) def. Adrians Zguns/Rohan Gajjar(AR), 8-5
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