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Hurricane Not Enough to Stop Hogs

Hurricane Not Enough to Stop Hogs
TULSA, Okla. – Arkansas traveled to Tulsa on Tuesday to put an 18-year, 11-match winning streak on the line against the University of Tulsa’s Golden Hurricane. The Hogs knew it wouldn’t be an easy task as it took Vanderbilt six-and-a-half hours to do away with Tulsa on Saturday. As in the recent past, the Hogs would most likely be looking to their singles line-up to win the match. The same was true this time as Arkansas was only able to win one of the three doubles matches. Their singles came through with it coming down to a freshman in the number five singles match to get the 4-3 win and move to 7-1 on the season. Tulsa is now 4-4.

Razorback head coach Robert Cox was not only pleased but also thankful for the win.

“What a great collegiate tennis match that was,” Cox said. “To go into somebody’s house and do as well as we did and play and fight as hard as he did, I’m just really proud of the guys. It’s typical of this team. They’re all fighting hard and I’m real proud of every one of them. We’re just continually showing ourselves that we’re never out of it. Good things happen when you keep your head and don’t panic.

“Tulsa’s a great team and they played well. We kind of got a little lucky tonight also. I’m real proud of them all. Again, we won four points. Nobody won this thing. Tulsa really had the upper hand on us and we just hung around. We hung around and kept fighting, I’m real proud of the Razorbacks.”

Doubles saw the Hogs stay with their line-ups of Nathan Price and Eduardo Pacheco at one, Aleksey Bubis and Talley Parker at two and Matt Roberts and Rohan Gajjar playing the three slot. It seemed, however, that all three squads fought from behind the entire match. At the one doubles position, Price and Pacheco would face the No. 19 ranked doubles team of Dustin Taylor and Ryan Livesay. Arkansas got down early 3-0 and finally got on the board at 4-1. Tulsa would prove to be too tough as they defeated the Hogs, 8-3

Two doubles was even most of the way as the Bubis and Parker duo took on Olof Sjolund and Shunsuke Shimizu. Each side held one and broke one to tie the score at two all. With the score 4-3, Arkansas would force the deuce and would fall behind 5-3. Arkansas held and got a break to tie the score up at 5 all. Bubis and Parker played tough tennis, clawing their way back into the match with a break to tie the match up at six a piece. With Bubis on serve, the Hogs held and took a 7-6 lead. Arkansas looked to break the Hurricane, but went down 40-15, losing the final point to tie it up at seven each.

Parker would hold in the fifteenth game of the set putting the Hogs up 8-7 and looking to break Tulsa for the win. With Arkansas up 40-15, Sjolund would double fault to give the Hogs the win, 9-7.

At the three doubles position, Gajjar and Roberts took on Aleksander Charpantidis and Alejandro Tejerina. The Hurricane was fierce early on as they jumped out to a 4-2 lead. However, the Hogs got a break to keep it within one and keep things close at 4-3. The Hogs kept fighting and were able to keep things close in the late stages of the match, playing solid tennis and keeping the match tight at 5-4. Both teams held their next serve to make the score 6-5. The Hogs would get a break on the next serve to tie the score at six a piece. Tulsa broke Arkansas and went up 7-6 and would be serving for the match. The Hurricane would win the match and the doubles point, 8-6.

With the score 1-0, Tulsa, Singles play would begin. Number one featured Price and Tejerina, while two saw Taylor and Bubis. The number three singles position saw Pacheco taking on Livesay. At four, Zguns faced Shimizu, and at five Gajjar took on Charpantidis. The number six slot saw Roberts taking on Sjolund. The Razorbacks won all but one of the first sets in their six matches. The Hurricane played solid second set tennis, having all six of the matches tied at one point.

Zguns got on top at 2-1 early and continued his great play at Tulsa, which ahs been like a second home. Zguns won the first set off of Tulsa’s newest player, Shimizu, 6-3. He then came back in the second and did even more damage. Keeping his undefeated streak alive on Tulsa courts, Zguns won, 6-3, 6-2, to tie the team score up at one all.

Bubis would fall behind an early 3-0 and Taylor did not let up, cruising to a first set win, 6-1. Taylor continued his onslaught, getting up a handy 2-0 in the second set. Bubis would, however, fight back and take the lead, 4-3. Taylor who was undefeated (6-0) coming into the match played hard and tied the second up at four all. Bubis held serve to go up 5-4 and then Taylor would hold serve to tie. A second set tiebreaker was needed and Bubis’ luck ran out, losing the second set, 7-6(3). Tulsa new led the match again, 2-1.

Roberts put the hammer down from the start getting up 2-0 and not letting up. He looked to continue his spring winning streak and took Sjolund down in the first set, 6-1. In the second set, Sjolund would play a bit tougher, trailing only one after five games, 3-2. Sjolund would then win the next four, forcing a third set, 6-3. In the third, Roberts got back in the groove, running away 3-0. Sjolund would get on the board, but Roberts would keep his lead, up 4-1. Up 5-1, Roberts would be serving for the match at 40-30. Sjolund returned a volley too deep that gave Roberts his sixth consecutive win at the six slot, to tie the score at two.

On court one, Price got up early on in the first set 1-0 and played long points. Price would continue to lead going into the sixth game at 3-2. From there it was all Price through the end of the first set, downing Tejerina 6-1 in the first. The second set would be hotly contested, as the set seemed to be continually tied. Through ten games, there were no breaks as the score was tied five all. Price would finally get a break to go up 6-5 and then serve for the match. Price fell behind 40-15, before coming back to force deuce. A long final point would see Price hitting a winner down the line to pick up his first number one singles win of the year and give the Hogs a 3-2 lead.

Gajjar and Charpantidis played a deadlock for most of the first set. Gajjar played hard and finally shook the Pole, winning the first set 6-4. The second set would go the way of the Hurricane. Charpantidis got up early on Gajjar forcing the Razorback to fight from behind. Gajjar got behind 5-3 and would break his opponent, and then hold in a dramatic deuce situation that saw him serve up an ace to tie the set at five all. Tulsa would then hold to put Gajjar back one at 6-5 and then win the set, 7-5. Gajjar got out to an early 3-1 lead, but Charpantidis would fight to get back in the match. With Gajjar up a break, 5-4, and on the serve for the match at 40-30, his opponent would send a return out of bounds that gave the match to Gajjar and secured the dual match for the Hogs at 4-2.

Livesay jumped on top of Pacheco 2-0 in the first set, but Pacheco would get a break to get back in at 2-1. Pacheco would fight his way back into the set and wind up winning the first 6-4. The second set was grid locked, as neither player would break each other through four, tying the set up at two all. The tie would hold even longer as fan as saw the match tied at five all in the second. Livesay would hold serve to take a 6-5 lead. He would then break Pacheco to force a third set, 7-5. In the third, Livesay would get on top 3-0 before Pacheco would begin to fight his way back in the match. Pacheco would get close, but not close enough as he lost the final set and the match to make the final score, Arkansas 4, Tulsa 3.
The Hogs next travel to the ITA National Indoor Tournament Feb. 20-23 before hosting the Auburn Tigers on Feb. 28 with a 1:30 pm start.

No. 1: # 17 Dustin Taylor/Ryan Livesay (TU) def. Eduardo Pacheco/Nathan Price, 8-3
No. 2: Aleksey Bubis/Talley Parker (AR) def. Olof Sjolund/Shunsuke Shimizu, 9-7
No. 3: Aleksander Charpantidis/Alejandro Tejerina (TU) def. Matt Roberts/Rohan Gajjar, 8-6

No. 1: Nathan Price (AR) def. #43 Alejandro Tejerina, 6-2, 7-5
No. 2: Dustin Taylor (TU) def. Aleksey Bubis, 6-1, 7-6(3)
No. 3: Ryan Livesay (TU) def. Eduardo Pacheco, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
No. 4: Adrians Zguns (AR) def. Shunsuke Shimizu, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5: Rohan Gajjar (AR) def. Aleksander Charpantidis, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
No. 6: Matt Roberts (AR) def. Olof Sjolund, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

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