FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — With seven different Arkansas tennis players playing in two different tournaments over the weekend, senior Tiago Azevedo had the best showing for the Razorbacks in advancing to the quarterfinals of the Texas Intercollegiate at Baylor University. Azevedo beat Texas’ No. 1 player, Jean Simon, who is also ranked 20th in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and was the No. 1 seed in the tournament, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals. Azevedo, who was 20-13 a year ago, was eliminated by Baylor’s Armando Carrascosa, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Azevedo beat Texas-Arlington’s Alan Goldshuv in the first round, 6-2, 6-2. “That was a great win for Tiago,” head coach Robert Cox said. “Overall, this was a successful weekend for us because we’ve gotten better.” At the same time, senior Oggie Kolev, one of three Razorbacks playing at the Ninth Annual Tulsa Tennis Hurrican Invitational, went 3-0 over the weekend.
Also at Baylor, Aleksey Bubis and Eduardo Pacheco reached the quarterfinals in doubles with an 8-2 win over UTA’s Goldshuv and Karin Debs and a 9-7 victory over Northern Arizona’s Jeff Johnson and Adrian Venturi before falling to Texas’ Simon and Jose Zarhi, the tournament’s third-seeded team, 8-5. Pacheco and freshman Oscar Ohlsson were each 1-1 in singles. Pacheco beat UTA’s Debs, 6-0, 6-0, before losing to Texas’ Michael Domanski, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Ohlsson beat Lamar’s Nebojsa Murisic, 6-2, 6-4, then fell to TCU’s Daniel Wajnberg, 6-1, 6-3. In doubles, Ohlsson and Azevedo were knocked out in the first round, 8-6, by Markus Hornung and Reiner Neurohr of Baylor. In Tulsa, Kolev beat Oral Roberts’ John Hixon, 7-5, 6-2; New Mexico State’s Michael Hellwig, 6-3, 6-3; and Southwest Missouri’s Pavel Hanek, 7-5, 6-4. Talley Parker beat Oklahoma State’s Ben Facker, 6-4, 6-0; lost to NMSU’s Ben Archer, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0; and beat Tulsa’s Ryan Moore, 6-0, 7-6. Gary Nunn beat Norther Iowa’s Ryan Mobery, 7-5, 6-1; lost to NMSU’s Dan Even, 6-1, 6-1; and lost to SMS’s Predrag Pavlicic, 6-2, 6-2. In doubles, Parker and Nunn lost to ORU’s Eddie Paez and Jared Welch, 8-5; lost to NMSU’s Even and Jerry Noble, 8-4; and beat SMS’s Sagger Salim and Hanek, 8-4. “Oggie had a good weekend and Oscar showed signs of getting better and better from his first tournament experience,” Cox said. “I’m really pleased with the play of Tiago and Oggie.”