BATON ROUGE, La. — The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team travels to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers in their final regular season match of the year.
“There were a few heartbreakers,” said head coach Robert Cox. “We are still looking for our first conference when. We keep them close, but we still can’t seem to finish them out.”
Last week the Razorbacks went 1-2. They first faced Oral Roberts for the second time this season and came away with another victory. The Hogs defeated the Golden Eagles, 5-2. Over the weekend, the Hogs faced No. 12 Kentucky and previously ranked No. 33 Vanderbilt. The Razorbacks fell in both matches, but picked up some big wins in the process. The Hogs fell to Kentucky, 5-2. Senior Matt Hogan defeated No. 51 Alex Musialek of the Wildcats. The Razorbacks also fell 6-1 to Vanderbilt. Freshman Manfred Jeske won his very first conference match against the Commodores.
The Hogs remained ranked No. 75 in this week’s poll. A Razorback also broke into the singles rankings this week. Senior Chris Nott re-entered the ITA rankings at No. 121. During the fall, Nott was ranked at a career high No. 41. Another senior, Matt Hogan, also leads the Hogs.
“The guys are starting to play without fear, and we just have to put four points together and get a win,” said Cox. “We have a couple of opportunities coming up, and we just have to relax and move forward.”
The Tigers are 9-12 (4-6 SEC) and are coming off a two-match conference skid after dropping a pair of road matches to Vanderbilt and Kentucky last weekend. The Tigers are led by the 10th-ranked doubles pair of LSU Carlsson and junior Neal Skuspki, who are 15-6 on the year on the doubles court. The duo have notched a 6-4 record in SEC play, and have seven wins over nationally ranked opponents under their belt. Skupski is also ranked 93rd in the nation in singles play.
The match will be senior night for the Tigers and is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. For more information on the men’s tennis team, log on to www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com.