NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team had a perfect day on the courts at the Oklahoma Invitational on Saturday as senior Nikolas Zogaj and sophomore Manfred Jeske both went 2-0 in singles and won their lone doubles match of the day to advance to the final round. In the doubles match, the Hog duo defeated Dane Webb and Tsvetan Mihov of Oklahoma, 8-2, for their fourth straight win of the season.
“This was a solid day for us,” said Arkansas head coach Robert Cox. “It was a day where we learned a lot and we applied some of the earlier lessons that we learned from the tournaments earlier in the year. Both Manfred and Nikolas got better as the day went on and it’s very validating to what we’re trying to do here at this program.”
Trying to make up for the losses from day one, both Zogaj and Jeske won their first matches of the day in strong fashion. Zogaj dropped Lawrence Formentera of Oklahoma, 6-3, 1-6, 3-2. Formentera ended up retiring midway through the third set. As for Jeske, he only needed two sets to earn his victory as he defeated Eric Sock of Nebraska, 7-5, 6-4.
Both Razorbacks were now looking to advance to the finals of the consolation bracket and needed only one more win to do so. It couldn’t have been easier for both players as they each won in straight set fashion to earn a spot in the consolation finals. Zogaj won 6-2, 6-2 over Tom Blackwell of Nebraska and Jeske won 6-4, 6-4 over Ashley Watling of Tulsa. With the wins, both players are pitted to face each other in the final round, but that match will be played at a later date.
In doubles, Arkansas only had one match on its slate and will have to wait until Sunday to know who it plays for the championship. A full recap along with complete results of Sunday’s matches will be posted online following the day’s play.
Oklahoma Invitational Day 2 Results
Complete Doubles Results
Nikolas Zogaj/Manfred Jeske (ARK) def. Dane Webb/Tsvetan Mihov (OU) 8-2
Complete Singles Results
Nikolas Zogaj (ARK) def. Lawrence Formentera (OU) 6-3, 1-6, 3-2, ret.
Nikolas Zogaj (ARK) def. Tom Blackwell (NEB) 6-2, 6-2
Manfred Jeske (ARK) def. Eric Sock (NEB) 7-5, 6-4
Manfred Jeske (ARK) def. Ashley Watling (TUL) 6-4, 6-4
Download: OU Invitational-Singles.pdf