FAYETTEVILLE – The fall season continues this weekend for the University of Arkansas men’s tennis team as it hosts the annual RazorRacket Invitational at the Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville. Including Arkansas, the teams competing will be Oklahoma State, Wichita State and UMKC and will play in fake dual-style matches over three days.
As the second tournament on their nine tournament fall schedule, the Razorbacks will be able to play on familiar territory for the first time this season. Three of the four players competing this weekend for the Hogs, saw action last week at Midland and Purdue. Joining Hall Fess, Taj Harrison, and Michael Nott will be senior Matt Walters this weekend. This will be Walters first action of the year.
“Hall, Taj, and Mike should carry the momentum from last week into this week,” said Arkansas head coach Robert Cox. “We’re expecting big things out of those guys. Everybody is healthy and we’ve had some good practices. For these guys to travel last weekend, it shows the whole team that they can go on the road and execute. To already have won one championship this fall says a lot for what we have been doing in practice. I’m real pleased with where we are so far.”
Last week at the Midland Invitational and the Purdue Invitational, the Razorbacks compiled a stellar record in doubles, going 6-1. Nott and Ward were the big winners at Purdue, claiming the Flight B doubles title.
In singles, Arkansas wasn’t quite as successful as they were in doubles, managing a 3-4 record overall, but Nott did make a slight run in his bracket at the Purdue Invite, advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to Grant Adams of Toledo, 6-4, 6-1.
Play this weekend will start on Friday at 2 p.m. on the outdoor courts at the Billingsley Tennis Center. Players from Arkansas will face those from UMKC, while, simultaneously, players from Oklahoma State will play those selected from Wichita State. Each team will play the same four players in two doubles matches and four singles matches. Each team will also be played at least once. On Saturday, there will be two sessions starting at 9 a.m and 2 p.m. and Sunday’s session is slated to start at 9 a.m. as well.
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