FAYETTEVILLE- The No. 42 Arkansas Razorback men’s tennis team took a tough road loss to No. 49 Mississippi State, falling 4-1, Sunday morning in Starkville, Miss.
Mississippi State captured the doubles point with an 8-6 from George Coupeland and Antione Ilyushhin at No. 1 over No. 26 Christopher Nott and Dmitry Lebedev at the No. 1 position and at the No. 3 position, Louis Cant and Chris Doerr got an 8-4 win over Matthew Hogan and Nikolas Zogaj.
After dropping the double point, Arkansas needed to win four singles matches coming up next to win the match. The court six singles match finished first, securing the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead as sophomore Matt Walters fell to Chris Doerr, 6-2, 6-2.
Super freshman Gregoire Lehmann put Arkansas on the scoreboard, powering to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Daniel Sanchez. Senior Dmitry Lebedev dropped the first set to No. 101 George Coupland, 6-0, but the Arkansas veteran fought hard in the second set but was unable to overcome Coupland and fell, 6-0, 7-5. Mississippi needed only one more point to clinch the match.
On the top courts, No. 57 Chris Nott and Matt Hogan both won their first sets and had taken the lead in the second set over No. 100 Cant and Ilyushhin. The Bulldogs held strong and locked up the match on court four as Nikolas Zogaj fell to Antonio Lastre, 6-4, 6-0.
Arkansas will head to Athens, Ga. next to face the University of Georgia. First serve is set for noon, Sunday March 28. For complete coverage on the Arkansas Razorbacks men’s tennis team visit: ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Mississippi State 4 Arkansas 1
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 3, 4*
# 57 Chris Nott (UA) vs. #100 Louis Cant. 7-5, 3-2 (unf.)
Matt Hogan (UA) vs. Artem Ilyushhin (MSU) 7-6(0), 3-0 (unf.)
#101 George Coupeland (MSU) def. Dmitry Lebedev (UA) 6-0, 7-5
Antonio Lastre (MSU) def. Nikolas Zogaj (UA) 6-4, 6-0
Gregoire Lehmann (UA) def. Daniel Sanchez (MSU) 6-3, 6-0
Chris Doerr (MSU) def. Matt Walters (UA) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles: 3, 1*
George Coupland/Artem Illyushin (MSU) def. #26 Chris Nott/Dmitry Lebedev (UA) 8-6
Taylor King/ Walters (UA) vs. Lastre/Sanchez (MSU) 6-6(Unf.)
Cant/Doerr (MSU) def. Hogan/Zogaj (UA) 8-4