Arkansas Blanks Wichita State, 7-0
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 25 Arkansas rebounded from a loss to Northwestern last Sunday in convincing fashion as it swept the Wichita State Shockers 7-0 Friday night to improve to 4-1 on the season in front of a full crowd at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
“I am glad we were able to come back home and play in front of this crowd,” head coach Robert Cox said. “We started a little slow, but recovered nicely to win against Wichita State.”
Arkansas took the early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. At number three doubles, Rohan Gajjar and Adrians Zguns defeated Westin Hudnall and Goran Vujaklija, 8-5. Matt Roberts and Imraan Ismail secured the doubles point by defeating Boris Gubic and Carlo Contente, 8-4. Nathan Price and Matt Simpson lost to Juan Escalante and Gabriel Loredo, No. 34 in the nation, at number one doubles, 8-5.
After winning the doubles point, Arkansas seized the momentum and took it into singles play. Number one singles saw Adrians Zguns, No. 14 in the nation, defeat Carlo Contente, 7-5, 6-4, and move his record on the year to 21-4. Nathan Price, No. 50 in the nation, also picked up his 21st win on the season by defeating Goran Vujaklija, 6-2, 6-0. At number three singles, Matt Simpson took on Boris Gubic. Simpson won by a break of serve each set, 6-3, 6-3. Number four singles saw Little Rock native Matt Roberts defeat Gabriel Loredo, 6-4, 6-3. Rohan Gajjar and Juan Escalante played at five singles with Gajjar winning quickly, 6-0,6-1. Imraan Ismail continued his winning ways at the six spot improving to 5-0 on the spring by beating Westin Hudnall, 6-3, 6-4.
Arkansas will next take on the No. 22 Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
No.1 #14 Adrians Zguns(AR) def. Carlo Contente(WSU), 7-5, 6-4
No.2 #50 Nathan Price(AR) def. Goran Vujaklija(WSU), 6-2, 6-0
No.3 Matt Simpson(AR) def. Boris Gubic(WSU), 6-3, 6-3
No.4 Matt Roberts(AR) def. Gabriel Loredo(WSU), 6-4, 6-3
No.5 Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. Juan Escalante(WSU), 6-0, 6-1
No.6 Imraan Ismail(AR) def. Westin Hudnall(WSU), 6-3, 6-4
No.1 #34 Juan Escalante/Gabriel Loredo(WSU) def. Nathan Price/Matt Simpson(AR), 8-5
No.2 Matt Roberts/Imraan Ismail(AR) def. Boris Gubic/Carlo Contente(WSU), 8-4
No.3 Adrians Zguns/Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. Westin Hudnall/Goran Vujaklija(WSU), 8-5
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