FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas tennis team, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight time this year, is ranked No. 2 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association Region V rankings while three individuals are in the top 20.
Oklahoma State is the top team in the region, followed by Arkansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Indiana State.
The Razorbacks won the Region V championship in the fall and earned a spot in the ITA Indoor National Tournament. Head coach Robert Cox’s club went 11-15 this year, but earned another NCAA Tournament bid, losing in the first round to Ohio State after reaching regional finals each of the last two years.
Arkansas ended the year ranked No. 39 in the nation while freshman Adrians Zguns, who was earlier named the Region V Rookie of the Year, is ranked No. 112 in the country. Zguns, who led the Hogs with a 24-9 mark, is ranked No. 8 in the final Region V rankings.
“It’s nice to be recognized on a regional level,” Cox says. “We are in a very good, competitive region. We didn’t finish as strong as we had hoped, but we still had a good season and made the NCAAs for the third straight year.
“It’s also nice to have players recognized individually. What Adrians did as a freshman is unbelievable. He will go into next year as one of the top players in the region.”
Joining Zguns in the regional rankings are seniors Aleksey Bubis at No. 9 and Eddie Pacheco at No. 19. Bubis was 17-22 in his final campaign while Pacheco was 22-17. Bubis and Pacheco were also ranked No. 5 in doubles.