#29 Arkansas Falls in Match with #4 Ole Miss,
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. – No. 29 Arkansas struggled to come up with close matches losing three three set matches on Sunday as it fell 6-1 to the 4th ranked Mississippi Rebels at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
Arkansas took a 1-0 lead into singles play by winning the doubles point. Two doubles saw Adrians Zguns and Rohan Gajjar beat Claes Lindholm and Eric Cleasson, 8-6. At three doubles Arkansas’ Matt Roberts and Viktor Hebrand defeated Juan Pablo Di Cesara and Frederik Aarum, 9-8(4) to clinch the point for the Razorbacks.
Singles play would prove difficult for Arkansas as it lost six singles matches. At six singles, Eric Cleasson defeated Viktor Hebrand, 6-2, 6-2 to even the match at 1-1. Three singles saw Rohan Gajjar face Paul Ciorascu, No. 82 in the nation. Ciorascu defeated Gajjar in two close sets, 6-4, 7-6(3) to put the Rebels up 2-1. Five singles would be decided next as Ole Miss’ Frederik Aarum defeated Matt Roberts, 6-4, 6-2 to give the Rebels a lead of 3-1. Although down 3-1 Arkansas still had a chance to pull off victory with the final three matches all going three sets. At number one singles, Nathan Price, No. 83 in the nation, faced Catalin Gard, No. 4 in the nation. Price won the first set, 6-3, but fell behind early in the second to lose the set, 6-1. In a third and final set, Gard fought back from down a break to defeat Price, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to give the Rebels the clinching fourth win. Four singles saw Juan Pablo Di Cesare defeat Matt Simpson in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. At two singles, Adrians Zguns, No. 10 in the nation, lost to Claes Lindholm, No. 29 in the nation, in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Arkansas will face SEC foes Alabama on Friday, April 2 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at 1 p.m., and Auburn on Sunday, April 4 in Auburn, Ala., at 1 p.m.
No.1 #4 Catalin Gard(UM) def. #83 Nathan Price(AR), 3-6,6-1,6-4
No.2 #29 Claes Lindholm(UM) def. #10 Adrians Zguns(AR), 4-6,6-3,7-5
No.3 #82 Paul Ciorascu(UM) def. Rohan Gajjar(AR), 6-4,7-6(3)
No.4 Juan Pablo Di Cesare(UM) def. Matt Simpson(AR), 6-3,5-7,6-3
No.5 Frederik Aarum(UM) def. Matt Roberts(AR), 6-4,6-2
No.6 Eric Cleasson(UM) def. Viktor Hebrand(AR), 6-2, 6-2
No.1 Catalin Gard/Paul Ciorascu(UM) def. Nathan Price/Matt Simpson(AR), 9-7
No.2 Adrians Zguns/Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. Claes Lindholm/Eric Cleasson(UM), 8-6
No.3 Viktor Hebrand/Matt Roberts(AR) def. Juan Pablo Di Cesare/Frederik Aarum(UM), 9-8(4)
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