FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas men’s tennis team posted another victory on Sunday afternoon, sweeping Michigan State 7-0 at Dills Indoor Courts to improve to 2-0 on the short season.
“It’s great to win today against an indoor team from a major conference; it’s hard to win under those circumstances,” head coach Andy Jackson said. “MSU is a team that was probably a little bit better than us last year, so that shows our improvement and that we are moving in the right direction.”
In doubles play, the Razorbacks made quick work of the Spartans. The three doubles pairs for the home squad dropped five games combined, as Arkansas gained the first point of the dual match for the second time. Through the first six doubles matches of the season, Arkansas has won all six while losing only nine combined games in the process.
Mike Redlicki, Giammarco Micolani and Santiago Munoz all posted singles victories for the second time in three days, while Jose Salazar bounced back with his first win of the season.
Salazar put the Razorbacks up 2-0, defeating Jasper Koenen at No. 3 singles by a score of 6-2, 6-2. After Adam Sanjurjo won in straight set at No. 5, Micolani cliched the win for Arkansas with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Michael Dube at No. 2 singles.
“As a group I thought our preparation was good, the motivation was good and the belief in what we are trying to get done this year is there,” Jackson said.
With the Razorbacks up 6-0, William Albanese found himself down 4-1 in the third set against Alexander Kim. Albanese fought back, winning six of the next seven games to clinch the 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 three-set win and a 7-0 sweep for the hosts.
After a two-week break from action, Arkansas returns to Dills Indoor Courts on Sunday, Feb. 7 for a two-match day. First, at 1 p.m., the Razorbacks take on Oklahoma State, then turn around for a 6 p.m. match against Oral Roberts.