West Lafayette, IND. — The Razorback men’s tennis team got their fall season off to a fast start Friday at the Purdue Invitational as all four players who were entered in the tournament, won their first match in straight sets. Those four players also teamed up in doubles and won three out of four matches as well.
“It was a good day,” said head coach Robert Cox. “It’s good to start the season on a positive note. Each round gets tougher and tougher, and our tennis will have to reflect that. We’re looking to learn and grow this weekend.”
The first day of the tournament was also the first day that junior Taj Harrison and freshman Mike Nott took the courts as Razorbacks in their careers. In Nott’s match, he felt right at home against Josh Oothoudt of Wisconsin-Green Bay, winning 6-3, 6-4. He will go on to play Daven Brodess of Notre Dame in second round play on Saturday. For Harrison, he, as well, will play in second round action on Saturday after defeating Eric Klawitter of Case University by the same score, 6-3, 6-4.
“It was good to see Mike Nott and Taj Harrison start their Razorback careers with a win and I was really pleased,” said Cox.
Along with Nott and Harrison, the Razorbacks did have a couple of returning players in sophomore Mike Ward and junior Nikolas Zogaj, who both won their respective singles matches, as well, in straight sets to advance to the second round.
The winning didn’t stop there for the Hogs as the first day concluded with doubles play and the team of Ward and Zogaj picking up two straight victories to advance to the quarterfinals of flight A. In their first doubles match of the year, the tandem defeated Falk De Beenhouwer and Jordan Snyder of Southern Illinois, 8-3, before taking care of Iowa’s Will Vasos and Austen Kauss by the exact same score and move on to round three.
Day two of the Purdue Invitational continues on Saturday in West Lafayette with the second round of singles being played before the quarterfinals of doubles.
For all coverage pertaining to the Razorback men’s tennis team throughout the fall and into the spring, be sure to log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.Complete Doubles ResultsFlight AMike Ward/Nikolas Zogaj (ARK) def. Falk De Beenhouwer/Jordan Snyder (SIU) 8-3Mike Ward/Nikolas Zogaj (ARK) def. Will Vasos/Austen Kauss (IOWA) 8-3Flight BMike Nott/Taj Harrison (ARK) def. Christoph Hopfe/Henning Jess (UWGB) 8-4Daven Brodess/Bryan Kelly (ND) def. Mike Nott/Taj Harrison (ARK) 8-6Complete Singles ResultsFlight BMike Ward (ARK) def. Jeroen Gortworst (IOWA) 6-0, 6-1Nikolas Zogaj (ARK) def. Sean Carr (CASE) 6-2, 6-4Flight CMike Nott (ARK) def. Josh Oothoudt (UWGB) 6-3, 6-4Taj Harrison (ARK) def. Eric Klawitter (CASE) 6-3, 6-4
Download: Flight B singles draw.pdf