FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Hoping to improve through repetition,men’s tennis will send Taylor King, Nick Spinazze, and Connor Smith to the UNLV Fall Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., for the second straight year after disappointing results from all three players a year ago.
At the 2007 event, the Razorbacks struggled against opponents from host team UNLV, Fresno State, and Fresno Pacific, resulting in round of 16 losses for King and Spinazze who fell to UNLV’s David Campbell and Fresno Pacific’s Mario Foelz, respectively. Smith, who had a first round bye as the 2-seed in the flight-two draw, won his quarterfinal match over Adam Maxime of Fresno State before being eliminated in three sets by Siddharth Alapatiin in the semifinal round, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles, King and Spinazze were knocked out of the tournament in the first round last year by Fresno State duo Alapati and Flavio Mollinedo, 8-5. This year, the Hogs will take a new approach to doubles, pairing Spinazze and Smith together in the tournament.
The Razorbacks’ first serve is set for Friday at the Frank and Vicki Fertitta Tennis Complex, and the tournament will run through Sunday Nov. 2. For complete coverage of the Arkansas Razorbacks men’s tennis team, log onto ArkansasRazorbacks.com.