FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 62 Razorback tennis team will face No. 27 Washington (5-4) and Portland (4-2) this weekend in Seattle. Arkansas earned its first national ranking since February 2007 following its 4-3 upset over then-No. 33 Oklahoma. UA will take on the Huskies Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center at 7 p.m. CT and return Sunday to play Portland at 12 p.m. CT.
Against the Huskies, the Arkansas netters will be looking for their second straight win over a ranked opponent after beating Oklahoma. Junior Blake Strode dropped in the singles rankings to No. 95, but is coming off a win in his last match against Oklahoma’s Andrei Daescu, the 34th-ranked player in the country. The loss was Daescu’s first of the spring season.
This will be the Razorbacks’ third meeting with Washington as the current series is tied, 1-1. The Huskies won the last matchup between the two teams, 4-3, in 2001. Arkansas won the first meeting with Washington, 5-2, in 1994.
Washington hosted the ITA National Team Indoor Championships last weekend and posted a 1-2 record during the event. The Huskies lost to No. 3 Georgia, 4-2, and No. 9 Illinois, 4-1, but picked up a win over then-No. 10 Alabama, 4-2. Despite the losses, Washington moved nine spots up the rankings to its current position of No. 27, a season-high.
Sunday’s match against Portland will be the first meeting between Arkansas and the Pilots. The Razorbacks will face a Portland team that was ranked No. 75 by the ITA earlier this season. Pilot sophomore Filip Zivkovic is undefeated during the dual season and leads the team with six wins this spring.
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