This weekThe No. 47 Hogs are idle this week before opening SEC dual match play at home against Alabama on Friday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Last time outThe Razorbacks hosted No. 57 Oklahoma on Friday night, defeating the Sooners 5-2 behind doubles wins at No. 2 with the team of Dmitry Lebedev and Chris Nott and No. 3 doubles with Tyler Tarnasky and Bradwin Williams. No. 16 Blake Strode, No. 70 Matt Hogan, Nott and Tarnasky each won their singles matches to secure the victory. On Sunday, the Hogs were in Austin, Texas to face the No. 8 Longhorns and were out-matched, falling 5-2, Lebedev and Tarnasky picking up singles wins.
How Cox sees it (the Oklahoma match)“What a great college tennis match tonight. These teams are evenly matched and both teams played very very well. I was very proud of our guys and how every one of them played a complete match. It was definitely a team win for us tonight.”
How Cox sees it (the Texas match)“I’m proud of the way our guys played in singles against the Longhorns. After the way we played in doubles, for each one of them to come out and fight so hard in singles was really great to see.”
Tarnasky, the comeback kidSophomore Tyler Tarnasky posted singles victories over Oklahoma’s Blake Boswell and No. 76 Olivier Sajous of Texas last weekend, coming back from a one-set-to-love deficit in both matches. Against Boswell, Tarnasky found second life after falling 5-7 in the first set and came back to take the match, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. His win over Sajous, Tarnasky’s first career win over a ranked opponent, came only after he dropped the first set to the Longhorn, 3-6. The foes stayed with each other in the second set, forcing a second set tiebreak where the Hog prevailed, taking the match, 3-6, 6-4 (10-6).
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