FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ men’s tennis team is playing host to the individual-draw Razorback Classic this weekend with matches taking place at both the George M. Billingsley Center and the Dills Indoor Stadium.
Play in the flighted tournament begins at noon on Friday with the last matches set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday’s rounds begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The fourth and final round begins on Sunday at 9 a.m. Each flight will have a winner. Flight one consists of all the No. 1 players from each school, Flight Two all the No. 2 players and so on.
Players from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Missouri-Kansas City, South Dakota State and Tyler (Texas) Junior College are scheduled to compete. UMKC, South Dakota State and TJC are all bringing enough players to have two four-play groups.
“This is going to be a good event and we’re looking forward to it,” UA head coach Robert Cox says. “For the guys we’re playing, it’s a chance for them to see what they can do. This will help decide who plays where in our lineup.”
Cox is playing seniors Taylor King and Bradwin Williams, junior Nick Spinazze and sophomore Nikolas Zogaj.
All four saw action in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth spots in the singles lineup last year.
Spinazze was 7-9, Zogaj 5-8, King 4-10 and Williams 6-18. All four are making their first appearance of the 2009-10 season.
There is no team scoring, but the four Razorbacks are playing against South Dakota State’s blue team at noon on Friday.
Other first-round matchups have TJC’s black squad facing SDSU’s gold lineup, UMKC blue against TJC gold and Oklahoma State against UMKC gold. Tulsa has a bye. At 4:30, UMKC gold plays TJC gold and Arkansas plays UMKC blue.
Round two begins Saturday at 9 a.m. with Arkansas meeting Tulsa, SDSU blue facing TJC black, SDSU gold playing UMKC blue and TJC gold facing OSU with UMKC gold getting a bye.
Round three is Saturday at 2 with Arkansas meeting TJC black, UMKC blue facing SDSU blue, Tulsa squaring off against UMKC gold and SDSU gold battling OSU with TJC gold getting the bye.
The final round is Sunday at 9 a.m. with Arkansas playing OSU, SDSU blue facing UMKC gold, TJC black meeting Tulsa and TJC gold playing OSU with UMKC blue getting the bye.
Matches in both the Dills Indoor Stadium and the George M. Billinglsey Center
(No team scoring; all individual draw and flighted)
Schedule for Friday
Arkansas vs. South Dakota State blue
Tyler JC black vs. SDSU gold
Missouri-Kansas City blue vs. TJC gold
Oklahoma State vs. UMKC gold
Tulsa – bye
TJC gold vs. UMKC gold
Arkansas vs. UMKC blue
Schedule for Saturday
Arkansas vs. Tulsa
SDSU blue vs. TJC black
UMKC blue vs. SDSU gold
OSU vs. SDSU gold
UMKC gold – bye
Arkansas vs. TJC black
SDSU blue vs. UMKC blue
Tulsa vs. UMKC gold
OSU vs. SDSU gold
TJC gold – bye
Schedule for Sunday
Arkansas vs. OSU
SDSU blue vs. UMKC gold
TJC black vs. Tulsa
TCJ gold vs. SDSU gold
UMKC blue – bye