This weekThe No. 47 Razorbacks are at home playing against No. 72 Oklahoma on Friday at 3 p.m. before traveling to Austin, Texas to face No. 2 Texas at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Last time outThe Hogs hosted the Razorback Invitational last weekend, defeating Oregon, 6-1 on Friday and downing Pacific, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon. Also on Sunday, the team played Cowley County Community College, winning the dual match, 7-0. Chris Nott and partner Dmitry Lebedev posted their fifth victory of the spring and boast a 5-1 record in dual match play. No. 15 Blake Strode went a perfect 2-0 in singles this weekend as did No. 39 Matt Hogan and Dmitry Lebedev. Nott, playing in all three matches, was also undefeated in singles, posting a 3-0 record on the weekend.
How Cox sees it (the Razorback Invitational)“The matches this weekend were closer than the scores suggest. Oregon and Pacific have very good teams that really pushed us. For us to come out and defend our home court as we did this weekend says a lot about this team.”
Scouting OklahomaThe No. 72 Sooners are 4-2 this spring after posting victories over TCU, Pacific, Texas-Pan American and Oral Roberts. Three of the Sooners’ singles players are ranked in the top 125 entering Friday’s match with Arkansas: No. 44 Andrei Daescu, No. 76 Sergey Avdeyev and No. 121 Ionut Beleleu. Hog Matt Hogan defeated Daescu at the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships, 7-5, 6-4, at Dills Indoor Stadium in October.
Scouting TexasThis year, No. 2 Texas (7-1) returns four All-Americans – senior Miguel Reyes Varela, junior Dimitar Kutrovsky and sophomores Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico from the 2008 team that finished as the NCAA runner-up. The Longhorns have already posted wins over No. 10 Baylor and No. 1 Ohio State this spring. Their only loss was to No. 5 Virginia on Feb. 15. On Saturday, Texas plays No. 31 Kentucky.
Singles lineup on a rollThe top four spots in the Razorbacks’ singles lineup is on a roll this spring with a combined record of 23-5. Against Oregon and Pacific last weekend, the top four singles positions were a perfect 9-0, dropping only three sets along the way.
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