No. 15 Tennessee Slips by No. 23 Arkansas 4-3
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 23 Arkansas made a rally late, but an early flurry by No. 15 Tennessee lifted the Volunteers to a 4-3 win in Southeastern Conference tennis action at the UA Outdoor Tennis Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The Volunteers (10-4, 4-2 SEC) clinched the doubles point and then captured three singles matches to secure the win. The Razorbacks (8-5, 1-5 SEC) picked up wins in the remaining three singles matches to make the final score 4-3.
“It is hard to dig yourself a hole against an SEC team and come back and win,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “We rallied late and played some good tennis, but it is tough to come from behind against nationally- ranked teams. We have been struggling a little bit in doubles. We are going to change up our doubles teams and see if we can’t get some momentum.”
The visitors from Knoxville, Tenn., took control early when the Vols’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Wade Orr and Mario Toledo posted an 8-6 win over Arkansas’ Aleksey Bubis and Oggie Kolev. Tennessee tallied the first point of the match after Adam Carey and Peter Handoyo topped the Razorbacks’ No. 2 doubles team of Kristofer Ivarsson and Magnus Kullenberg 8-1. Already having clinched the doubles point, Tennessee defaulted the third doubles match between Mark Dietrich and Mark Henderson of Tennessee and Eddie Pacheco and Nathan Price of Arkansas with the score tied at 7-7.
Tennessee quickly made it 2-0 with a win at No. 1 singles. Handoyo, ranked seventh in the latest ITA singles rankings, bounced Arkansas’ Kolev in straight sets (6-3, 6-0). The lead grew to 3-0 as the Vols’ No. 6 man Orr posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over the Razorbacks’ Tiago Azevedo. Toledo clinched the match for the Volunteers by registering a 6-1, 6-0 win over Price.
The Razorbacks did rally late with the help of victories in a trio of three-set matches. Bubis dropped the first set to Henderson (UT) but came back to score a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win for the Razorbacks in No. 5 singles play. Arkansas earned its second point of the day when Pacheco topped Dietrich 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 at No. 4.
The final match of the day saw Kullenberg (UA) outlast Carey (UT) 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 to capture the win at the No. 3 position.
“I was proud of the way our guys fought in the three-set matches,” Cox said. “Even though the team match was decided, they played hard and gutted out victories.”
Arkansas will take a break from SEC play next week as the Hogs take a swing through Texas during spring break on the university campus. The Razorbacks will take on UT-San Antonio on Wednesday before battling UT-Pan American and UT-Corpus Christi in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday. Arkansas returns to league play on March 29 at Kentucky.
Tennessee 4, Arkansas 3
March 17, 2002
No. 1 – Peter Handoyo (UT) d. Oggie Kolev (UA) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 – Mario Toledo (UT) d. Nathan Price (UA) 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 – Magnus Kullenberg (UA) d. Adam Carey (UT) 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3
No. 4 – Eduardo Pacheco (UA) d. Mark Dietrich (UT) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
No. 5 – Aleksey Bubis (UA) d. Mark Henderson (UT) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 – Wade Orr (UT) d. Tiago Azevedo (UA) 6-2, 6-3
No. 1 – Orr / Toledo (UT) d. Bubis / Kolev (UA) 8-6
No. 2 – Carey / Handoyo (UT) d. Kullenberg / Ivarsson (UA) 8-1
No. 3 – Pacheco / Price (UA) d. Dietrich / Henderson (UT) 7-7 default
Tennessee (10-4, 4-2 SEC)
Arkansas (8-5, 1-5 SEC)
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