CHICAGO, Ill. – No. 30 Arkansas swept all six singles matches, and the Razorbacks cruised to a, 6-0, triumph over Chicago St. Saturday night in Chicago, Ill.
There was not a doubles point played, and Arkansas (2-3) claimed each of the six singles contests in straight sets en route to the win.
Blake Strode, ranked 57th in the nation, paced the Hogs with a, 6-4, 6-3, win over Chicago St.’s Prakosa Imanuel at No. 1. Strode, a native of St. Louis, Mo., improved to 12-4 for the 2006-07 campaign and is 3-1 in dual matches. For his career, the sophomore is now 22-6 in duals.
At No. 2, junior Colin Mascall notched a, 6-4, 6-2, victory over Prabowa Imanuel. Freshman Gabriel Mattos tallied a point for the Hogs at No. 3, knocking off Nicolas Ortega, 6-1, 6-0.
In the bottom half of the lineup, freshman Dmitry Lebedev grabbed a point at No. 4 with a, 7-5, 6-3, victory against Jonathan Sutjadi, while senior Andrei Nicoara defeated Toni Judokic, 6-3, 6-2. Hog freshman Dmitry Vlaskin rounded out the scoring at No. 6, besting Cameron Shunklin, 6-3, 6-1.
For the season, Mascall improves to 6-7, while Mattos betters his mark to 6-6. Vlaskin jumps to 5-6, Nicoara to 4-4, and Lebedev to 4-9.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday, opening the home portion of their schedule in a doubleheader against Cowley County Community College and Wichita St. The first match against Cowley County will begin at 11 a.m., while the nightcap with Wichita St. is set for a 6 p.m. first serve.
Both matches will held at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center across from Bud Walton Arena on Razorback Road.
#30 Arkansas 6, Chicago St. 0
February 3, 2007
1. #57 Blake Strode (UA) def. Prakosa Imanuel (CSU), 6-4,6-32. Colin Mascall (UA) def. Prabowa Imanuel (CSU),6-4,6-23. Gabriel Mattos (UA) def. Nicolas Ortega (CSU), 6-1,6-04. Dmitry Lebedev (UA) def. Jonathan Sutjadi (CSU), 7-5,6-35. Andrei Nicoara (UA) def. Toni Judokic(CSU), 6-3,6-26. Dmitry Vlaskin (UA) def. Cameron Shunklin (CSU),6-3,6-1