IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team scored a big 5-2 win over 73rd-ranked DePaul Saturday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa. The win keeps Arkansas undefeated on the season at 5-0 and is also the Hogs first win over a ranked opponent this year. The team kept up its doubles dominance that it has shown throughout the year, scratching across the first point of the match and then followed it up with a stellar performance in singles, winning at courts three through six.
"This was a good win for us," head coach Robert Cox said. "This team is very close both on and off the court and it showed today. Matt Walters has been stepping it up every day and what can you say about him and Hall Fess in doubles. They will get their wins as a team as they are solid. We are a blue collar team that competes well. DePaul is a very well-coached team, but I was impressed with how our team came out today and played extremely well."
Referring to the Razorbacks’ top doubles team in senior Matt Walters and junior Hall Fess, the duo defeated a tough DePaul team consisting of George Chanturia and Filip Dzanko, 8-6, leaving Arkansas one doubles win away from the opening point. The win for Walters and Fess was their 11th of the young season and keeps them well at the top of the team standings in the win column. The victory was also their sixth straight dating back to the fall season.
It didn’t take long for the Hogs to secure the first team point as sophomores Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske got the 8-5 win over Matija Palinic and Aaron Chaffee at court three. It was the fourth time in four opportunities that Arkansas was the doubles point winners and the win for Nott and Jeske kept them undefeated as a team as they are now 5-0 this year.
The Razorbacks opened singles play with two very quick match wins at courts three and six. Freshman Jovan Parlic, in his fourth dual appearance this season, locked down a straight set win over Chaffee, 6-1, 6-2, to push Arkansas’ lead to 2-0. That win was followed by the senior captain in Walters, who defeated Sven Kasper, also in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. The victory by Walters now puts him in a three-way tie for the team lead in wins with Jeske and senior Nikolas Zogaj, who now have 10.
DePaul did get one singles win at the number two spot, but the team match was soon clinched by Jeske at court four and it secured Arkansas’ fifth win of the year. Jeske defeated Mathias Hambach in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5 to move to 10-5 this year and remained undefeated in dual play.
The Razorbacks will bring home their perfect record next weekend as they will host Purdue and Stetson on Friday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Billingsley Tennis Center. Friday’s match with the Boilermakers is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday’s match with the Hatters will start at 2 p.m.
Arkansas 5No. 73 DePaul 2
Complete Doubles ResultsOrder of Finish: 1, 3*, 2
No. 1 Hall Fess/Matt Walters (ARK) def. George Chanturia/Filip Dzanko(DEP) 8-6No. 2 Mathais Hambach/Sven Kasper (DEP) def. Nikolas Zogaj/Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) 8-5No. 3 Mike Nott/Manfred Jeske (ARK) def. Matija Palinic/Aaron Chaffee (DEP) 8-5
Complete Singles ResultsOrder of Finish: 6, 3, 2, 4*, 1, 5
No. 1 Filip Dzanko (DEP) def. Nikolas Zogaj (ARK) 6-2, 6-3No. 2 George Chanturia (DEP) def. Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) 6-4, 7-5No. 3 Matt Walters (ARK) def. Sven Kasper (DEP) 6-1, 6-4No. 4 Manfred Jeske (ARK) def. Mathias Hambach (DEP) 6-4, 7-5No. 5 Mike Ward (ARK) def. Matija Palinic (DEP) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3No. 6 Jovan Parlic (ARK) def. Aaron Chaffee (DEP) 6-1, 6-2