Arkansas Defeats Southwest Missouri State, 6-1
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A day after upsetting No. 19 Oklahoma State, No. 35 Arkansas (8-1) returned home to take the courts against Southwest Missouri State on Sunday at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
Arkansas defeated Southwest Missouri State 6-1 by winning five singles matches to go alongside getting the early 1-0 lead by clinching the doubles point. Rohan Gajjar and Matt Simpson played three doubles against Rishi Garbharran and Pedja Pavlicic. Gajjar and Simpson defeated Garbharran and Pavlicic, 8-3. At two singles, Matt Roberts and Viktor Hebrand faced Nenad Curcic and Filip Knezevic. Curcic and Knezevic held off a late rally by Roberts and Hebrand to win, 8-6. Nathan Price and Imraan Ismail defeated Pavel Hanek and Jiri Spousta, 8-4, to clinch the doubles point.
Arkansas used its 1-0 lead to help in singles play as the Hogs won five of six singles matches. At six singles, Imraan Ismail defeated Pedja Pavlicic, 6-1, 7-5. Matt Roberts match ended quickly at five singles as he got up 5-0 early against Filip Knezevic and then had Knezevic retire. Number four singles saw Rohan Gajjar take on Rishi Garbharran. Gajjar won easily, 6-2, 6-3. At three singles, Matt Simpson faced Nenad Curcic in the closest match of the day. After winning the first set and being up 5-2 in the second, Simpson saw the match unravel as Curcic came back to win, 4-6,7-6(5), 1-0 (10-8). Adrians Zguns, No. 12 in the nation, faced Jiri Spousta at two singles. Zguns rebounded from losing yesterday by winning, 7-5, 6-4. At number one singles, Nathan Price, No. 76 in the nation, defeated Pavel Hanek, 6-0, 6-2.
Next for the Razorbacks will be the start of SEC action as the Hogs take on No. 37 Tennessee at home on March 5 at 1 p.m.
No.1 #76 Nathan Price(AR) def. Pavel Hanek(SMS), 6-0,6-2
No.2 #12 Adrians Zguns(AR) def. Jiri Spousta(SMS), 7-5,6-4
No.3 Nenad Curcic(SMS) def. Matt Simpson(AR), 4-6,7-6(5),1-0(10-8)
No.4 Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. Rishi Garbharran(SMS), 6-2,6-3
No.5 Matt Roberts(AR) def. Filip Knezevic(SMS), 5-0 ret.
No.6 Imraan Ismail(AR) def. Pedja Pavlicic(SMS), 6-1,7-5
No.1 Nathan Price/Imraan Ismail(AR) def. Pavel Hanek/Jiri Spousta(SMS), 8-4
No.2 Nenad Curcic/Filip Knezevic(SMS) def. Matt Roberts/Viktor Hebrand(AR), 8-6
No.3 Rohan Gajjar/Matt Simpson(AR) def. Rishi Garbharran/Pedja Pavlicic(SMS), 8-3
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