Arkansas Tennis Steps Out of League Play to Fa
BY ANDRES FOCIL
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Razorback tennis team will take a break from playing Southeastern Conference teams on Tuesday when the Hogs go up against UNLV at 1:30 p.m. PT in Las Vegas, Nev. Arkansas will field a full squad at the Frank and Vicki Fertitta Complex and will look for a win to snap its eight-match losing streak. All of UA’s losses have come at the hands of ranked opponents and the Rebels are currently ranked 47th in the nation, while the Razorbacks are at No. 61.
“We’re heading out there with two objectives; to continue to work hard over spring break and get some good play in outdoors,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “We’re going to try to end this losing streak with a different look for this non-conference match. In our 1, 2 and 3 positions we’re doing very well, but we need guys in the 4, 5 and 6 spots to step up.”
UNLV has been led by its 17th-ranked doubles team of Henner Nehles and Aviram Salomon. The duo was key in the team’s win over No. 10 Oklahoma State on March 13, and are a perfect 10-0 for the year. Nehles also plays at the No. 1 position for UNLV and has a season record of 19-8, while Salomon is 10-5 in singles competition.
Joel Kielbowicz is the only Rebel currently ranked in singles play at No. 91 and has been competing at the No. 2 and 3 spots, with a 15-7 record.
Junior Rohan Gajjar is the only Hog ranked and is at No. 98. Gajjar is 17-7 overall and splits time with junior Adrians Zguns at the No. 1 and 2 spots. Zguns is 10-9 for the year. The pair also plays doubles together (6-6) and their last win came at Texas.
Junior Matt Roberts has been performing well at the No. 3 position and is 6-4 this spring and 19-6 overall. He recently turned in quality wins at Tennessee and Georgia. Roberts teams up with senior Imraan Ismail for doubles and they are 2-8 in the spring, but 11-10 for the year playing No.1 and 2. Ismail is geared up for a singles victory with his last one coming at Oklahoma on Feb. 8.
After playing UNLV, the Hogs will return to Fayetteville, Ark., to open league play against Vanderbilt on March 25 and Kentucky on March 27 at the UA Outdoor Tennis Complex.
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