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Hogs Fall 4-1 to Kentucky at SEC Championships

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Hogs Fall 4-1 to Kentucky at SEC Championships
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Arkansas (6-15, 2-9 SEC) lost a tough match with Kentucky Thursday morning, 4-1, in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Championship held in Starkville, Miss.

“We played really good in the doubles but could not finish,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “I am most proud of our seniors and how they played throughout this season. Chris Campbell and John Deaton played their hearts out for us.”

Sophomore Magnus Kullenberg was the lone Razorback to come up with a victory. He posted the victory at No. 3 singles over Edo Bawno 6-2, 6-2.

The Hogs could not overcome the doubles point losing two of the three matches.

Junior Oskar Johansson and Campbell teamed up at No. 1 and defeated Johan Grunditz and Gustav Pousette 8-6.

Junior Henrik Tofft and Deaton lost the closest match of the morning 9-8, with a two-point tiebreak. At No. 3 doubles, Aleksey Bubis and Eduardo Pacheco lost 8-2.

In singles, Johansson, who is ranked 15th in the nation, lost a tough match to 82nd-ranked Johan Hesoun 6-4, 6-1.

“Oskar played a very tough match,” Cox said. “He final put a lot of things together in his game but Hesoun had an A game today.”

Henrik Tofft lost to 25th-ranked Carlos Drada 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and Campbell lost a tight set to Gustav Pousette in straight sets.

The Hogs will wait to see if their post season play continues with the selection of the teams to the NCAA Regionals May 12-14.

#7 Kentucky 4, #10 Arkansas 1

Doubles
Chris Campbell/Oskar Johansson, UA, d. Johan Grunditz/Gustav Pousette, UK, 8-6
Edo Bawano/Johan Hesoun, UK, d. John Deaton/Henrik Tofft, UA, 9-8 (2)
Carlos Drada/Reven Stephens, UK, Aleksey Bubis/Eduardo Pacheco, UA, 8-2

Singles
#82 Johan Hesoun, UK, d. #15 Oskar Johansson, UA, 6-4, 6-1
#25 Carlos Drada, UK, d. Henrik Tofft, UA, 6-2, 6-3
Magnus Kullenberg, UA, d. Edo Bawano, UK, 6-2, 6-2
Gustav Pousette, UK, Chris Campbell, UA, 6-1, 6-3
Johan Grunditz, UK, vs. Tiago Azevedo, UA, susp.
Jorge Mario Escallon, UK, vs. Eduardo Pacheco, UA, susp. –HOGS–



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