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Hogs Open Regular Season With 4-3 Win Over Neb

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Hogs Open Regular Season With 4-3 Win Over Neb

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas’ men’s tennis team got off to a great start with a big 4-3 win over Nebraska. The Hogs started off slow and fell behind, but picked up the slack to grind out the match and get their third win of the season to help continue to solidify their No. 28 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranking.

Head coach Robert Cox was happy with the team’s effort on the day and was obviously pleased with the outcome. The win was Cox’s number 201 for Cox at Arkansas as he continues to draw closer to the all time Razorback wins record of 218.

“I’m real pleased with the win. We really found out something about our team and that is we are scrappy. Nebraska is very good and we dug ourselves into a hole, not winning the doubles point, but you’ve got to win four. I think that this is good for our guys that we have a close match like this.”

It was close the entire night as Kerry McDermott’s Husker tennis team fought punch for punch with the Hogs and won the doubles point.

In doubles, Nathan Price and Eduardo Pacheco knocked off Nebraska’s Jose Rivera and Ryan Jay in an 8-5 battle on the number one court. Nebraska would win the number three match as Jacek Wolicki and D.J. Geatz beat the freshman combination of Matt Roberts and Rohan Gajjar. Senior Aleksey Bubis, ranked No. 57, and freshman Adrians Zguns were on court when the one and three matches finished, making the two match the rubber match. Unfortunately for the Hogs, Florian Preissler and Joerge Barthel came away with the win, 8-6.

In singles, the Hogs started off well as Bubis played the number two match and finished first to tie the match up at one a piece with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Cesar Vargas. Roberts would be next off the courts for the Hogs as he tied up Joel Reckeway to give the Hogs a 2-1 advantage with a 6-2, 6-4 win.

Next off the courts was Nathan Price in the number one match where he lost to Preissler in a 6-4, 6-3 contest. Gajjar would break the tie and pick up his first NCAA win when he beat Barthel at the number five slot, 6-3, 6-3. The Hogs held a 3-2 lead when Pacheco sealed the match for the Razorbacks.

Pacheco, ranked No. 104, battled Wolicki and won the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6(6). In the second set he fell an early 4-1, but battled back to win five consecutive games and walk away the victor and sealed the match for the Hogs, 7-6(6), 6-4.

The final match to finish the evening was a marathon. Zguns took on Geatz on court number four. The match saw the final two sets be played to seven. Zguns took the first set 6-2. He then fell off and found himself losing the final two sets, 7-5, 7-5.

With the win, the Hogs remain undefeated (3-0) and Nebraska remained winless (0-2). The Hogs next take on the Northwestern University Wildcats in a high noon showdown on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Doubles:
No. 1: Nathan Price/Eduardo Pacheco (AR) def. Jose Rivera/Ryan Jay, 8-5
No. 2: Florian Preissler/Joerge Barthel (UN) def. Aleksey Bubis/Adrians Zguns, 8-6
No. 3: Jacek Wolicki/D.J. Geatz (UN) def. Matt Roberts/Rohan Gajjar, 8-2

Singles:
No. 1: Preissler (UN) def. Price, 6-4, 6-3
No. 2: Bubis (AR) def. Cesar Vargas, 6-3, 6-2
No. 3: Pacheco (AR) def. Wolicki, 7-6(6), 6-4
No. 4: Geatz (UN) def. Zguns, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5
No. 5: Gajjar (AR) def. Barthel, 6-3, 6-3
No. 6: Roberts (AR) def. Joel Reckeway, 6-2, 6-4



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