FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ tennis team cooled off a bit after Friday’s hot start to its fall season, but still had a good day by winning six of 10 matches in tournament play at two locations.
In the Navy Invitational at Annapolis, Md., the Razorbacks won six of nine matches in an individual draw flighted matchup against Richmond. Arkansas won all three doubles matches and that was the difference as the Hogs and Spiders split the six singles matches.
At No. 1 doubles, Imraan Ismail and Matt Roberts beat Derek Schwandt and Matt Cabana, 8-2; at No. 2, Michael Jung and Matt Simpson downed Jeppy Moss and Bobby McNally, 8-5; and at No. 3, Talley Parker and Andrei Nicoara topped Doug Banker and Matt Stillwagon, 8-5.
“We played really good doubles,” head coach Robert Cox said. “I’m really pleased. We’re playing hard and I love this format. It’s great getting some matches in.”
In singles, Roberts, Ismail and Jung won to each improve to 2-0 on the year. Roberts beat Moss at No. 2, 6-4, 6-2. Ismail won at No. 3 over Cabana, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3. Jung rallied past Matt Stillwagon at No. 6, 2-6, 6-0, 6-1. Simpson fell at No. 1 to Schwandt, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5; Parker to Banker at No. 4, 7-5, 6-4; and Nicoara to McNally at No. 5, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
“Matt Roberts, Imraan and Matt Simpson have picked up their game from last spring and that’s exciting,” Cox said. “Matt Simpson, Talley and Andrei went down today, but they played solid. We need to see them get pushed and bounce back.”
At the Tulsa Hurricane Invitational, another individual draw tournament, junior Rohan Gajjar lost in the semifinals to Roger Gubser of Texas, 6-4, 6-4. Gajjar is ranked No. 116 in the nation and Gubser is No. 112.
Arkansas completes the tournament at Navy on Sunday with a 9 a.m. flighted match against Oklahoma. The Razorbacks began their fall season on Friday with Gajjar winning his opening match while the Hogs at Annapolis took eight of nine in a flighted contest against Navy.