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Hogs Upset Cowboys on the Hard Court

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Hogs Upset Cowboys on the Hard Court
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team defeated No. 17 Oklahoma State, 4-2, Monday at the UA indoor tennis complex.

It marked Arkansas’ (10-3, 1-3) first victory over a top 20 team this season. The Cowboys (5-3, 1-0) came in with two doubles teams ranked nationally, but the Hogs didn’t let that stop them from taking the doubles point. The Arkansas duo of Oskar Johansson and Henrik Tofft defeated No. 35 Chris Bates and Fran Krepelka 8-6. In the other doubles matches, Magnus Kullenberg and Eduardo Pacheco beat Jiri Jezek and Anthony Zafiris 8-3. The battle between Arkansas’ team of Aleksey Bubis and Oggie Kolev and State’s duo of No. 53 Matt Prentice and Eru Lyndon was suspended when the Hogs clinched the point.

In singles play, No. 1 Johansson took on No. 53 Prentice, Johansson won in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. The Razorbacks other victories came from Tiago Azevedo who defeated Eru Lyndon 6-7, 6-4, 7-6. Azevedo fought back from a 1-4 deficit to claim the point for the Hogs. The fourth point came from Kullenberg who overcame intense leg cramps and stiff competition from Krepelka. Kullenberg defeated Krepelka 6-3, 7-6, 6-4.

Arkansas head coach Robert Cox says he is very pleased with Monday’s match. Cox says, it was a war the whole time, just like he knew it would be.

“This was one of the most exciting matches I have ever been part of,” Cox says. “Even though we were ahead in points, many of our guys had to fight back from behind to pull out the victory.”

While Cox says the doubles point isn’t always a must, when playing a top team, like Oklahoma State, it really helps set the mood.

“They have two of the top doubles teams, so for us to come out and claim that point was big,” Cox says. “Then when Oskar won in straight sets, it really helped set the tempo for the night. Oskar was playing looser than he had been, and Magnus had to overcome some bad leg cramps, but he did and finished strong. Tiago also had a hard fought victory, he came from behind and pulled it out.”

Arkansas doesn’t have long to rest before their next test. Wednesday the LSU Tigers (7-2, 1-1) come to Fayetteville, for a 1 p.m. start. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 19, but Cox knows they are very capable of being a top 10 team.

“Their ranking doesn’t show just how good they are,” Cox says. “They are off to a start, and we have not beat LSU since joining the conference. So, we are going to have to be ready for another war.”

Wednesday’s match will be played outdoors, weather permitting. All home matches are open to the public and admission is free.

Arkansas 4, Oklahoma State 2
March 5, 2001
Singles
1. Oskar Johansson (UA) def. Matt Prentice 6-4, 6-4
2. Chris Bates (OSU) def. Henrik Tofft 6-2, 7-5, 6-1
3. Tiago Azevedo (UA) def. Eru Lyndon 6-7, 6-4, 7-6
4. Magnus Kullenberg (UA) def. Fran Krepelka 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
5. Jiri Jezek (OSU) def. Oggie Kolev 6-2, 6-1
6. Aleksey Bubis (UA) vs. Anthony Zafiris 6-4, 4-3 suspended (Ark)

Doubles
1. Johansson/Tofft (UA) def. Bates/Krepelka 8-6
2. Bubis/Kolev (UA) vs. Prentice/Lyndon 6-5 suspended (OSU)
3. Kullenberg/Pacheco (UA) def. Jezek/Zafiris 8-3



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