FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Hogs fall to the UNLV Rebels, 5-2, in their first dual match of the season.
The Hogs started out strong against UNLV, gaining the first point against the Rebels in doubles competition. Mike Ward and Nikolas Zogaj secured the first doubles win against Batyi and Sublette, 8-4. Gregoire Lehmann and Chris Nott took the next match against Bull and Ruegamer, 8-5. Bouras and Schoeman of UNLV took the remaining doubles match against Matt Walters and Matt Hogan, 8-6.
“It was a great match for UNLV and a good match for us as well, “ said head coach Robert Cox. “We played very well in doubles, but lost our momentum. I give credit to UNLV.”
In singles play, the matches remained close throughout. Three players went into tiebreakers on their first sets. Nikolas Zogaj fell to Ruegamer, 6-3, 6-2, giving UNLV their first point. Chris Nott then fell to Bouras, 7-6, 6-2. Matt Hogan fell to Markel, giving the Rebels a three-point lead. Mike Ward fought an exciting battle against Alex Bull, which came down to a tiebreaker on the third set. Ward eventually succeeded and beat Bull, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). Matt Walters and Gregoire Lehmann both tried to prevent the point that would clench the match, but Walters eventually fell to Schoeman, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.
“It was a good collegiate tennis match,” said Cox. “We get the chance to regroup and bounce right back when we face SMU on Sunday.”
The team will back in action on Sunday and they will face No. 68 SMU at 1 p.m. Following the match, the Razorbacks will be hosting a free youth tennis clinic following the match in celebration of USTA’s Campus Kids’ Days.