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No. 30 Razorbacks Down No. 33 Tulane in Tennis

No. 30 Razorbacks Down No. 33 Tulane in Tennis
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Wins in the bottom half of the lineup helped No. 30 Arkansas pick up a big non-conference victory Tuesday in a late tennis match at the UA Indoor/Outdoor Tennis Center, 5-2 over No. 33 Tulane.

Arkansas (4-0) won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take a 1-0 lead heading into singles. Tulane’s Michael Kogan, ranked fourth in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, beat Oggie Kolev at No. 1, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, and TU’s Victor Romero, ranked No. 33, downed Nathan Price at No. 2, 7-6, 6-1, but the Razorbacks won the other four matches to get the victory.

Magnus Kullenberg, Aleksey Bubis and Eddie Pacheco won at three, four and five, respectively, while freshman Kristofer Ivarsson beat Hannu Piproinen in a three-setter at No. 6, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3.

“Pacheco may be playing the best tennis of any Razorback right now,” head coach Robert Cox said. “He secured the first singles point, which was huge. Magnus showed some senior leadership and Bubis clinched the match for us with a down-the-line backhand pass.”

Kogan and Romero, ranked No. 22, beat Kolev and Bubis at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, but Price and Pacheco downed Piiroinen and Jorge Lievano at No. 2, 9-8 (9-7), and Kullenberg and Ivarsson beat Alexander Dion and Mattias Westerberg at No. 3, 8-1.

“Both Nathan and Eddie played solid doubles in clinching the doubles point, which is always huge in a big, tough match,” Cox said.

Arkansas plays again on Sunday, hosting Louisiana-Monroe at 9:30 a.m. and Southwest Missouri State at 2:30 p.m. with both matches scheduled for the UA Indoor Tennis Center.

No. 30 Arkansas 5, No. 33 Tulane 2
No. 1 Michael Kogan (TU) def. Oggie Kolev, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6
No. 2 Victor Romero (TU) def. Nathan Price, 7-6, 6-1
No. 3 Magnus Kullenberg (UA) def. Jorge Lievano, 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 Aleksey Bubis (UA) def. Mattias Westerberg, 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 Eddie Pacheco (UA) def. Alexander Dion, 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 Kristofer Ivarsson (UA) def. Hannu Piiroinen, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3
No. 1 Kogan/Romero (TU) def. Kolev/Bubis, 8-3
No. 2 Price/Pacheco (UA) def. Piiroinen/Lievano, 9-8 (7)
No. 3 Ivarsson/Kullenberg (UA) def. Dion/Westerberg, 8-1

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