FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team swept Sunday’s doubleheader against SIU-Edwardsville and closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with an 8-6 record.
The Razorbacks swept doubles play in their first match, with seniors Hall Fess
and Pete Thomason
winning their sixth consecutive match with an 8-3 victory at the No. 1 position. Freshman Juan Marino
and sophomore Santiago Munoz
also recorded an 8-3 victory, clinching the doubles point for the Razorbacks. Arkansas has won the doubles point in three consecutive matches.
Arkansas headed into singles play leading SIU-Edwardsville 1-0. Senior Hall Fess
was the first Razorback to record a victory, knocking off his opponent 6-3, 6-4 on court 1. Fess was quickly followed by Marino at court 2, Munoz at the No. 4 position and Lee on court 3. Thomason dropped his first but won the second, forcing a tiebreaker match that he carried his momentum into, winning 10-3. The Razorbacks finished the first match of the day with a 6-1 victory.
The second match of the day was over quickly in the Razorbacks’ favor, with a quick 4-0 singles sweep to clinch the victory and a 2-1 weekend record. Fess jumped out to another early victory in the No. 1 singles position, taking down his opponent 6-0, 6-4. Freshman Jacob Herndon
bounced back from a loss in the first match to win on court 6 in a 7-5 tiebreaker first set and dominating 6-2 second. Munoz and Lee secured the last two victories and points needed to finish the match for Arkansas. Marino and Thomason were ahead at the Nos. 2 and 5 singles positions before their matches were suspended.
Arkansas will open SEC play Friday at 2 p.m. against Vanderbilt at the Billingsley Tennis Center.
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Match 1 results
#68 Arkansas 6, SIU-Edwardsville 1
1. Hall Fess
(AR) def. Nicolas Vincent (SIUE) 6-3, 6-2
2. Juan Marino
(AR) def. Matthew Hutchinson (SIUE) 6-1, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,6,4,3,5)
Match 2 Results
#68 Arkansas 4, SIU-Edwardsville 0
1. Hall Fess
(AR) def. Nicolas Vincent (SIUE) 6-0, 6-4
2. Matthew Hutchinson (SIUE) vs. Juan Marino
(AR) no result
6. Jacob Herndon
(AR) def. Patrick Gaffigan (SIUE) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (1,6,4,3)