Hogs Host No. 8 Vols in SEC Tennis Action
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas will continue its treacherous conference schedule on Wednesday afternoon as the Razorback tennis team hosts No. 8 Tennessee in a Southeastern Conference battle at the UA Outdoor Tennis Complex at 1:30 p.m.
The Razorbacks (10-4, 1-4 SEC) will be looking for an upset of the defending SEC champion Volunteers (8-2, 2-0 SEC). Tennessee features five singles players that rank in the nation’s top 80 competitors and two doubles teams that rank in the country’s top 50 tandems.
“Tennessee along with Georgia is the class of the SEC in tennis right now,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox says. “They are the defending league champs and made it to the NCAA semifinals last year. Everyone from that team is back so they are extremely talented. It is always fun to play against the nation’s best. We don’t have any pressure. We can just go out and play hard and see what happens.”
Arkansas will be attempting to rebound from a 4-3 loss to conference rival LSU last week. The Hogs have played well in conference matches, but have just one league win to show for it.
“We hope to take whatever momentum we can get off a loss,” Cox says. “You never like to lose, but we have been playing good tennis lately. I think our guys will respond and give the Vols a tough match. It always helps when we play in front of the home crowd. We have one of the loudest cheering sections in the SEC and that makes a difference when a match comes down to the wire.”
The Hogs will once again be led by the nation’s top-ranked singles player Oskar Johansson. The Malmoe, Sweden native is 24-5 this season including a 3-2 mark in conference play.
Arkansas and Tennessee will toss things up at 1:30 p.m. at the UA Outdoor Tennis Complex. The match is open and free to the public.
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