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No. 18 Razorbacks Drown Dolphins, 5-2

BY ANDRES FOCIL
No. 18 Razorbacks Drown Dolphins, 5-2
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ men’s tennis team not only enjoyed a spring break trip to Florida, but also picked up a 5-2 win over the Jacksonville University Dolphins on Tuesday.

The Hogs (11-7) also got the proverbial monkey off of their back when they won the doubles point – their first in 11 matches. It also came without Aleksey Bubis or Nathan Price on the courts for the Hogs.

Arkansas head coach Robert Cox was pleased with his team’s effort on the day and was happy to get the win.

“It was a nice battle on the courts today,” Cox said. “I am pleased with everyone as today’s match wasn’t an easy one. All you have to do is look at the scores. We did have a few shining moments as we won the doubles point and finally got that monkey off of our back. We also won a couple of three setters. Again, we had to fight through this match today and I was pleased with their efforts.”

The shuffled lineups saw Cox place Eduardo Pacheco and Hunter Benson at one, Rohan Gajjar and Talley Parker at two and paired Matt Roberts and Adrians Zguns at the three position. On the courts, the teams delivered.

A close number one match, however, saw Pacheco and Benson downed 8-6 by Ben Birkmann and Christoph Mueller. The number two match saw the Hogs crank it up a notch as Gajjar and Parker got rid of Jacksonville’s Martin Hehensteiger and Andres Rojas, 8-6. The third match saw Roberts and Zguns clamp down on Rich Davoli and Dale Aldermann in an 8-0 win that put the Hogs up 1-0.

For the first time in a long time, the Hogs would go on to singles play with the advantage. They wouldn’t need as they won four out of the six singles matches played.

Number one singles saw Pacheco pick up his 20th win and put an end to Birkmann’s eight-match winning streak, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Redshirt freshman Adrians Zguns continued his remarkable season, picking up his team-leading 22nd win over Hehensteiger, 6-0, 3-6, 6-0. Zguns’ win was also his 13th in his last 16 matches. The number three match saw Rohan Gajjar continuing his strong spring, winning a 6-0, 6-3, match over Mueller.

Coach Cox was pleased not only with the day, but also with the bottom half of his lineup.

“I was proud to look across the courts and see the second half of the lineup, all three guys from Arkansas,” Cox said. “This is great for the state of Arkansas, and it hasn’t been like this for a while.”

Playing the final three spots for the Hogs was Roberts at four, Benson at five and Parker at six. Roberts, a Little Rock native, dropped the match in a tough second set tiebreaker, 6-4, 7-6(6), to Rojas. Benson, also of Little Rock, picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Aldermann. The final Arkansan on the court for the Hogs was Rogers native Talley Parker. Parker dropped an excruciating match, 7-5, 7-6(6).

The Hogs’ next match finds them facing Georgia in a re-scheduled match on March 26th before returning home in a match against Kentucky on March 28 at 1 p.m.

No. 18 Arkansas 5, Jacksonville 2
March 18, 2003 – Lakeland, Fla.
Singles
No. 1: Eduardo Pacheco (AR) def. Ben Birkmann, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 2: Adrians Zguns (AR) def. Martin Hehensteiger, 6-0, 3-6, 6-0
No. 3: Rohan Gajjar (AR) def. Christoph Mueller, 6-0, 6-3
No. 4: Andres Rojas (JU) def. Matt Roberts, 6-4, 7-6(6)
No. 5: Hunter Benson (AR) def. Dale Aldermann, 6-3, 6-2
No. 6: Rich Davoli (JU) def. Talley Parker, 7-5, 7-6(6)

Doubles
No. 1: Birkmann/Mueller (JU) def. Pacheco/Benson, 8-6
No. 2: Gajjar/Parker (AR) def. Hehensteiger/Rojas, 8-6
No. 3: Roberts/Zguns (AR) def. Davoli/Aldermann, 8-0



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