Arkansas Takes Out Nebraska, 7-0
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ tennis team wasted no time on Sunday picking up its first regular season win of the year to move to (1-0) on the season when it won 7-0 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
“I am happy with our doubles performance today,” head coach Robert Cox said. “We will need to get better for the rest of the year, but our team played solid tennis. Nebraska is better than last year so it was important to play well against them.”
Arkansas started the match off impressively by winning all three doubles matches to pick up the first team point in the dual match. At number three doubles, Matt Roberts and Imraan Ismail took a big lead early to defeat Nebraska’s Justin Junck and Joel Reckewey, 8-4. Adrians Zguns and Rohan Gajjar faced Gerhard Posch and James Clow at two doubles. Zguns and Gajjar got a break in the twelfth game to go up 7-5. In the next game they closed the match out to win, 8-5. Number one doubles saw Matt Simpson and Nathan Price take on Jose Rivera and Joerg Barthel. Simpson and Price outlasted Nebraska’s team to win the match by a break of serve, 8-5.
After getting the doubles point, Arkansas continued its winning ways by completing a sweep of action throughout all six singles matches. Number one singles saw Adrians Zguns, No. 14 in the nation, improve to 19-4 for the season with his win over Nebraska’s Gerhard Posch, 6-4, 6-3. Nathan Price, No. 50 in the nation, played two singles and defeated Joerg Barthel by a break each set to win, 6-4, 6-4. At number three singles, Rohan Gajjar and James Clow battled with Gajjar pulling out the victory, 7-6(7-3), 7-5. Four singles saw New Zealander Matt Simpson win easily against Jeff Nabity, 6-1, 6-0. Little Rock native Matt Roberts too on Jose Rivera in five singles. After pulling out a close first set by a break of serve, 6-4, Roberts took the momentum to seize the match, 6-4, 6-0. At number six singles, Imraan Ismail won in a close match against Nebraska’s Joel Reckewey, 7-6(7-4), 6-4
Next up for the Arkansas Razorback tennis team will be the 13th ranked Texas Longhorns on Friday Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
1. #14 Adrians Zguns(AR) def. Gerhard Posch(NU), 6-4,6-3
2. #50 Nathan Price(AR) def. Joerg Barthel(NU), 6-4,6-4
3. Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. James Clow(NU), 7-6(3),7-5
4. Matt Simpson(AR) def. Jeff Nabity(NU), 6-1,6-0
5. Matt Roberts(AR) def. Jose Rivera(NU), 6-4,6-0
6. Imraan Ismail(AR) def. Joel Reckewey(NU), 7-6(4),6-4
1. Matt Simpson/Nathan Price(AR) def. Jose Rivera/Joerg Barthel(NU), 8-5
2. Adrians Zguns/Rohan Gajjar(AR) def. Gerhard Posch/James Clow(NU), 8-5
3. Matt Roberts/Imraan Ismail(AR) def. Justin Junck/Joel Reckewey(NU), 8-4
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