FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nathan Price and Eduardo Pacheco returned home from Costa Mesa, Ca., where they each won matches in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) region 24b Futures Tournament.
Price, currently ranked No. 56 in men’s NCAA Div. I singles, had a good outing, making it to the third round. Price defeated Ilya Leshinsky, 6-4, 6-0, in the first round to move on. In the second round he beat Justin Montgomery, 6-0, 6-3. He however ran out of gas in the third round when he fell to Andrew Scorteanu, 6-2, 6-4.
Pacheco covered some ground in California as well, downing Ogidi Obi, 6-1, 6-0. In the second round, he fell to Jamal Al Agba, 6-3, 6-3.
In the weekend’s other events, redshirt-freshman Adrians Zguns set the standard for the rest of the Hogs, advancing to the semi-finals of the Top of the Hill Kickoff Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. Zguns fell to eventual champion David Bere of Wake Forest, 6-3, 6-1.
Also participating in the tournament were Kristofer Ivarsson and Matt Roberts. Both split their matches. Ivarsson defeated the College of Charleston’s Eyal Omid, 6-4, 6-4, and then fell to Winthrop’s Clayton Almedia, 6-4, 6-2. Roberts defeated first round foe Michal Kwiecien (Winthrop), 6-7, 6-1, 6-0. Roberts ran out of gas when he fell to North Carolina’s Greg Archer in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Arkansas’ freshman success continued at Wichita State’s 2002 Shocker Fall Classic. Hunter Benson advanced to the quarterfinals of that tournament with wins over Brandon Hickel (Friends), 6-0, 6-1; Angelo Manns (Wichita St.), 6-2, 7-6 and Carlo Contente (Wichita St.), 6-2, 5-7, 6-0. Benson would meet his match when he faced the eventual champion Hicham Fathi (Drury). Fathi won in a grueling three sets 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
Sophomore Talley Parker wouldn’t fare as well, falling into the consolation bracket. Parker had a first round bye and then fell to Wichita State’s Joggan Austin, 7-5, 6-2. In the consolation bracket, Parker defeated Dennis Matzen (Friends), 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. He was then eliminated from play as he fell to Angelo Manns, 8-6.
The Razorbacks will be a bit closer to home this weekend as they travel to Tulsa, Okla., for the Tulsa Invitational.