LAS VEGAS, Nev. – After a strong first round in the singles main draw at the UNLV Fall Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., Nick Spinazze, Connor Smith, and Taylor King will head home early from the weekend’s tournament after tough losses in the main draw and consolation tournaments.
Late Friday, Spinazze and King each played in the second round of the singles main draw, and as in their first round matches, each player fought for three sets, but this time, the Razorbacks did not walk away with victories as Spinazze fell to Francois VanDerMerwe of Arizona 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 and UNLV’s Attila Toth overcame King 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. On Saturday in the consolation singles draw, Smith was given a bye into the semifinal round but dropped his match against Bryan Miller of UNLV in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, eliminating Arkansas from singles play.
“I’m pleased with the way all three of the guys competed this weekend,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “It was a very good weekend for these guys, a great experience, and we’re coming away from this tournament with some much-needed experience for Nick, Connor, and Taylor.”
Also playing consolation doubles on Saturday, partners Spinazze and Smith lost their second straight match in the tournament, this time to Phillip Andersen and Carl Ho from New Mexico, 8-3. The doubles loss ended the tournament and the fall season for Spinazze, Smith, and King who will play again in the Hogs’ spring season.
“I’m disappointed in the way we played in the doubles draw this weekend, but we have to give all our opponents credit, they really took it to us in both matches,” Cox said.
One more fall event is left for Arkansas; Matt Hogan and Blake Strode will go to Charlottesville, Va. for the ITA National Indoor Championships Nov. 6-9. For complete coverage of the Arkansas men’s tennis team, log on to www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com.