HOUSTON, Texas – The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team won three of four doubles matches on Saturday at the Rice Invitational in Houston, Texas. Along with the three doubles wins, junior Hall Fess advanced to the finals of Flight D in singles with another hard-fought three set victory. This time over David Roberts of LSU, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6. The win for Fess was his third of the year.
Overall the Razorbacks finished the day 6-6 in both singles and doubles. After a 3-1 showing in doubles, the Hogs went 3-5 in singles, also scoring wins from junior Mike Ward and senior Matt Walters.
“We got off to a great start,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “We played really well in doubles, but I was a little disappointed in the singles. I was hoping we would carry over that confidence from doubles and be a little more successful in singles, but luckily we get to play eight more singles matches tomorrow. What more can you say about Hall Fess? He’s really starting to put some good matches together. To be down a set and come back like that, we’re real proud of him.”
Trying to improve on a 2-2 doubles record a day ago, the Hogs came out at the beginning of the day with more energy and translated that into quick wins from Fess and Walters, 8-5, over Roberts and Tom Knights of LSU and from senior Nikolas Zogaj and sophomore Manfred Jeske, 8-1 over Cedric Rutsaert and Iain Sneddon of Tulane.
The third win of the day came from juniors Gregoire Lehmann and Mike Ward, who stayed undefeated with a solid 8-6 victory over Rice’s Sam Garforth-Bles and Peter Frank. With the win, the Hog tandem advances to the Flight A finals in doubles and will face Stefan Szacinski and Roger Anderson of LSU on Sunday for the title. After two days of doubles, Arkansas has gone 5-3, adding that to their record for the fall to make it 16-7.
“We’re very confident in our doubles,” Cox said. “I’m pleased with us amping it up a little bit and hopefully, tomorrow, we’ll amp it up a little more.”
The day in singles did not fare as well for the Hogs, but along with Fess’s great performance, Walters scored an easy victory over Rutsaert, 6-1-, 6-3. The win for Walters was his fifth of the year. Mike Ward completed the Hog trifecta for singles wins on Saturday as he gutted out a tough three-set win over Takuma Ohashi, of Tulane, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. Saturday’s win was Ward’s second of the new year.
Arkansas concludes the Rice Invite on Sunday as they will be back at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium at 10 a.m. for the final round of doubles. Singles will begin as soon as doubles is complete. A full recap and complete results will be posted online at the conclusion of Sunday’s matches.
Rice Invitational Day 2 Full Results
Complete Doubles Results
Nikolas Zogaj/Manfred Jeske (ARK) def. Cedric Rutsaert/Iain Sneddon (TULANE) 8-1
Gregoire Lehmann/Mike Ward (ARK) def. Sam Garforth-Bles/Peter Frank (RICE) 8-6
Philip Seifert/Lief Berger (RICE) def. Jovan Parlic/Victor Hoang (ARK) 8-4
Matt Walters/Hall Fess (ARK) def. David Roberts/Tom Knights (LSU) 8-5
Complete Singles Results
Shaye Wali (TULANE) def. Nikolas Zogaj (ARK) 6-4, 6-2
Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) 6-4, 6-2
Mike Ward (ARK) def. Takuma Ohashi (TULANE) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
Philip Seifert (RICE) def. Manfred Jeske (ARK) 6-4, 6-3
Roger Anderson (LSU) def. Victor Hoang (ARK) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
James Turbervill (LSU) def. Jovan Parlic (ARK) 6-4, 6-2
Matt Walters (ARK) def. Cedric Rutsaert (TULANE) 6-1, 6-3
Hall Fess (ARK) def. David Roberts (LSU) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6
Download: 2011 Rice Fall Invite Day 2.pdf