Hogs Looking to Tie Bears in Friday Afternoon
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Since moving to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s [ITA] Region V, the Razorbacks have enjoyed tremendous success within their district. They are looking to defend their Region V championship against another regional foe this weekend when they take on the Southwest Missouri State University Bears.
The Bears (0-1) have played only one dual match so far this season, a 6-1 loss to Tulsa. The math against the Razorbacks (4-1) is the middle dual match in a string of three ranked opponents. The Bears next take on the Oklahoma Sooners. The Hogs are not going to lay down as this match is a pre-cursor to Sunday’s SEC opener against Vanderbilt.
“We’re really looking forward to playing and getting back on the court after an almost week layoff,” head coach Robert Cox said. “We may tweak the line up a little bit, but we’re looking forward to improving. We’ve had a good week of practice and everyone’s healthy, so we’re ready for Southwest Missouri.”
In the latest ITA poll, the Razorbacks moved up one position to No. 31 and continue to trail all other SEC schools in the rankings. Following Friday’s match against Southwest Missouri, all but one of the Razorbacks remaining opponents, Jacksonville University, are ranked.
Rankings around the SEC have found Georgia tumbling from No. 6 two weeks ago to their current rank of No. 27. The rest of the SEC looks like this, No. 5 Ole Miss, No. 6 Florida, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 16 Tennessee, No. 17 Auburn, No. 18 Alabama, No. 20 South Carolina, No. 24 Mississippi State, No. 25 Vanderbilt, No. 26 LSU, No. 27 Georgia and No. 31 Arkansas.
The Hogs’ face the SMS Bears on Friday with a 2 pm start before facing off in their SEC opener against Vanderbilt on Sunday at Noon.
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