Arkansas Takes Out #19 Oklahoma State, 4-3
BY ANDRES FOCIL
Tulsa, Okla. – No. 35 Arkansas (7-1) used solid doubles play to get the early lead 1-0 and get the momentum on its way to upsetting the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys 4-3 in Tulsa, Okla., at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Saturday.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” head coach Robert Cox said. “This was a great dual match, both teams played great tennis. We won the doubles point, which was the key to victory today.”
Arkansas took the early 1-0 lead after clinching the doubles point. Matt Simpson and Nathan Price faced Oklahoma State’s Mark Van Elden and Daniel Byrnes. Price and Simpson defeated Byrnes and Elden, 8-2. At two doubles, Imraan Ismail and Matt Roberts moved to 5-1 on the year by defeating Yevgen Bonderchuk and Boris Koharic, 9-8.
Winning the doubles point proved vital as Arkansas and Oklahoma State would split the singles matches. Mark Van Elden defeated Adrians Zguns, No. 12 in the nation, at number one singles, 6-1, 6-2. Nathan Price, No. 76 in the nation, faced Yevgen Bonderchuk at two singles. Price defeated Bonderchuk by a break in each set, 6-4, 6-4. At number three singles, Thomas Bohnicky defeated Matt Simpson, 6-1, 6-3. Number four singles saw Arkansas’ Rohan Gajjar facing Boris Kuharic. Both split the first two sets by scores of, 7-6, 6-7. Kuharic and Gajjar played a ten-point tiebreaker to decide the outcome with Koharic winning the match, 7-6, 6-7, 1-0 (10-1). At number five singles, Matt Roberts defeated Daniel Byrnes, 6-3, 7-5. Imraan Ismail won his eighth consecutive match to move to 13-6 on the year by defeating Juan Felipe Diaz at six singles, 6-0, 7-5.
Arkansas will face Southwest Missouri State Sunday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center. The match will be the last scheduled home indoor match before the Razorbacks begin SEC play against Tennessee on March 5.
No.1 Mark Van Elden(OSU) def. #12 Adrians Zguns(AR), 6-1,6-2
No.2 #76 Nathan Price(AR) def. Yevgen Bonderchuk(OSU), 6-4,6-4
No.3 Tomas Bohnicky(OSU) def. Matt Simpson(AR), 6-1,6-3
No.4 Boris Kuharic(OSU) def. Rohan Gajjar(AR), 7-6,6-7,1-0(10-1)
No.5 Matt Roberts(AR) def. Daniel Byrnes(OSU), 6-3,7-5
No.6 Imraan Ismail(AR) def. Juan Felipe Diaz(OSU), 6-0,7-5
No.1 Nathan Price/Matt Simpson(AR) def. Mark Van Elden/Daniel Byrnes(OSU), 8-2
No.2 Matt Roberts/Imraan Ismail(AR) def. Yevgen Bondarchuk/Boris Kuharic(OSU), 9-8
No.3 Juan Felipe Diaz/Tomas Bohnikcy(OSU) def. Adrians Zguns/Rohan Gajjar(AR), 8-6
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