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Hogs Suffer First Loss of Season to No. 47 Nor

Hogs Suffer First Loss of Season to No. 47 Nor

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas dropped their first dual match of the year with a 4-3 loss to the Northwestern University Wildcats in a Sunday afternoon thriller at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center. Coach Cox and his Razorbacks were in a trench battle all day long as the score was tied through out the day. The match came down to the number one match between Arkansas’ Nathan Price and Northwestern’s Tommy Hanus.

Price picked up the win in the first set, 6-4, and would struggle from there. Hanus, ranked No. 118 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, had a quick, hard serve that proved to be his weapon. He would go on to oust Price and secure the match with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win.

“This is a disappointing loss,” Cox said. “We fought hard, but our weaknesses are starting to show. We can’t continue to lose the doubles point and hope to beat the teams that we’re playing. That is something we are going to address immediately and try to get corrected.

“Northwestern played well. Sometimes it is tough to defend your home court early in the year. Especially when you don’t quite have everything in place. I’m just disappointed that we fought so hard and came up short, but we’ll just have to learn from this and get better.”

Arkansas’ doubles line up continued to give the Hogs problems early on as they have not been able to pull of a doubles point since their point by default against Indiana State in November. The Hogs swapped Rohan Gajjar and Adrians Zguns, hoping to procure a better line up than they had against Nebraska.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work as Northwestern picked up two straight wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to secure the point. In the number two match, Josh Axler and Adam Schachterle, ranked No. 31 in the nation, knocked off Aleksey Bubis and Gajjar, 8-4. In the three match, Russell Bennett and Tommy Hanus ousted Matt Roberts and Zguns 8-3.

The number one doubles match came down to the wire as Price and Eduardo Pacheco pushed Northwestern’s duo of Jackie Jenkins and Chuck Perrin to a sixteenth game. Tied at seven, the Hogs duo would win the next two games to secure the 9-7 victory.

In singles competition, the Hogs wasted no time in tying the score up as Zguns defeated Perrin quickly in the number four position, 6-2, 6-1. Arkansas would go up 2-1 when freshman Matt Roberts defeated Ahmed Wahla on court six, 6-4, 6-3.

Northwestern would tie the score back up when Aleksey Bubis fell in a highly competitive match at number two singles, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Arkansas would fall again to go down, 3-2, when Eduardo Pacheco was beaten by Josh Axler, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, at the number three slot. On court five, Rohan Gajjar would pick up the slack and tie the match up at three all with a win over Schachterle, 2-6, 7-5(6), 6-2.

“This was a great match,” Northwestern coach Paul Torricelii said. “We’re a lot older at the top and I think that is what helped us today. I was really impressed with Arkansas’ freshmen. They have very good freshmen. The doubles point was our first in a while and that was the key for us.

“The match really turned in singles play. We lost five of the first sets and our guys fought hard to get back in the match. Today was a great win for us over a great team.”

No. 1: Nathan Price/Eduardo Pacheco (AR) def. Chuck Perrin/Jackie Jenkins, 9-7
No. 2: #31 Josh Axler/Adam Schachterle (NU) def. Aleksey Bubis/Rohan Gajjar, 8-4
No. 3: Russell Bennett/Tommy Hanus (NU) def. Matt Roberts/Rohan Gajjar, 8-3

No. 1: Hanus (NU) def. Price, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 2: Jenkins (NU) def. Bubis, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3: Axler (NU) def. Pacheco, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 4: Zguns (AR) def. Perrin, 6-2, 6-1
No. 5: Gajjar (AR) def. Schachterle, 2-6, 7-5(6), 6-2
No. 6: Roberts (AR) def. Ahmed Wahla, 6-4, 6-3

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