# 29 Arkansas Upsets #26 Mississippi State, 5-
BY ANDRES FOCIL
STARKVILLE, MISS. – No. 29 Arkansas improved its record to 11-4 on the season with a 2-3 mark in SEC play by defeating No. 26 Mississippi State 5-2 at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Center to record its first ever victory over the Bulldogs since joining the SEC in 1992.
“We came out and got a good start with our doubles play. I’m real pleased with our doubles play the last two matches. In the SEC there isn’t a match that is easy, and today was just the same. We had to scrape through to get four wins. I’m very proud of Matt Simpson for coming back and winning with tremendous pressure on him. The top of our lineup was very strong today.”
Arkansas jumped ahead 1-0 after winning both matches at number one and number two doubles. At number one doubles, Matt Simpson and Nathan Price defeated Luiz Carvalho and Jose-Carlos Pinto, 8-3. Number two doubles saw Matt Roberts and Imraan Ismail improve their doubles record on the year to 10-3 with a victory over Romain Ambert and Florent Girod, 8-3.
Up 1-0 Arkansas needed just three singles wins to clinch the match. Rohan Gajjar would make the score 2-0 by picking up the Razorbacks first singles point with a victory at three singles over Max Fomine, 6-4, 6-2. At five singles, Mississippi State would pull to 2-1 with Arnaud Roussel’s win over Matt Roberts, 6-4, 6-1. Mississippi State would then make it 2-2 after Romain Provenzano defeated Imraan Ismail at six singles, 6-3, 7-6(6). At one singles, Nathan Price, No. 83 in the nation, won the first set quickly, 6-1, but had to hold on in the second set to win the match over Jose-Carlos Pinto, 6-1, 7-6(5) to put the Razorbacks up 3-2. Matt Simpson would then clinch the match for the Hogs at four singles with a come from behind win over Florent Girod. After losing the first set 6-1, Simpson rallied in the second set to win the second set, 6-3, to force a decisive third set. In the third set, Simpson got up two breaks to defeat Girod, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Adrians Zguns, No. 10 in the nation, defeated Luiz Carvalho when Carvalho retired at 1-1 in the third set to make the final score 5-2.
Arkansas will return home to face No. 4 Mississippi at the UA Outdoor Tennis Complex at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 28.
No.1 #83 Nathan Price(AR) def. Jose-Carlos Pinto(MSU), 6-1, 7-6(5)
No.2 #10 Adrians Zguns(AR) def. Luiz Carvalho(MSU), 3-6, 7-6, 1-1(ret.)
No.3 Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. Max Fomine(MSU), 6-4, 6-2
No.4 Matt Simpson(AR) def. Florent Girod(MSU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
No.5 Arnaud Roussel(MSU) def. Matt Roberts(AR), 6-4, 6-1
No.6 Romain Provenzano(MSU) def. Imraan Ismail(AR), 6-3, 7-6(6)
No.1 Nathan Price/Matt Simpson(AR) def. Luiz Carvalho/Jose-Carlos Pinto(MSU), 8-3
No.2 Matt Roberts/Imraan Ismail(AR) def. Romain Ambert/Florent Girod(MSU), 8-3
No.3 Adrians Zguns/Rohan Gajjar(AR) led Matt Armstrong/Romain Provenzano(MSU), 7-6(susp.)
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