FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team will enter the spring season as the No. 53-ranked team in the initial poll releasedby the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday. The Razorbacks look to face one of the toughest schedules in Arkansas tennis history.
“This year’s spring schedule will be a great opportunity to showcase our team’s talent,” senior captain Austin T. King said, “We have a special group of guys, with the addition of Gregoire Lehmann. It should be an exciting season.”
Arkansas’ top returner junior Chris Nott will lead into the spring season ranked No. 81, respectfully in singles. Nott boasted a 7-5 record during the fall season, including a win over then No. 75 Nebraska’s David Bendheim to reach the semifinals of the ITA Central Region Championships.
The Razorbacks finished strong with a 84-64 fall campaign, including five players to advance to the field of 32 at the prestigious ITA Central Region Championship, in Tulsa, Okla. The doubles tandem of Dmitry Lebedev and Nott qualified to the semifinals of the ITA Central Region Championship, with wins over David Cavalcanti and Sven Kasper of Wichita State and Saint Louis University’s Ken Nordheim and James McArthur. At the ITA All-America Championship, the duo of Nott and Lebedev defeated then ranked Melo and Peers of Middle Tennessee State to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
Arkansas is one of 10 SEC teams ranked to begin the 2010 dual match season. Three schools, Tennessee (5), Georgia (7), Mississippi (10) are ranked in the top 10.
The Razorbacks will return to the court to host the Washington Huskies in Fayetteville, Sunday Jan. 17 at 1pm.