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Oklahoma Hands Hogs First Loss of Season

Oklahoma Hands Hogs First Loss of Season
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ men’s tennis team dropped its’ first match of the season Tuesday night, falling 6-1 to No. 50 Oklahoma. UA now stands at 2-1 for the season.

The Razorbacks pair of juniors Adrians Zguns and Rohan Gajjar continued their hot doubles’ start, moving to 3-0 on the season with a 8-4 win over OU’s Marek Velicka and Silviu Tanasoiu at No. 2 doubles. UA’s Matt Roberts and Imraan Ismail rallied from down 6-3, but fell in a tiebreaker, 9-8, to Tommy Garrison and Andrei Fukala at No. 1. Senior Talley Parker and sophomore Andrei Nicoara were beaten by the Sooners’ Alexei Ivanov and Ryan Thomas at No. 3, 8-1, giving the Sooners’ the doubles point.

“They set the tone by winning the doubles’ point,” Coach Robert Cox said.
Ismail, a senior, improved his record to 3-0 for the year by downing Garrison, 7-6, 6-3, at No. 5 singles.

The Sooners took the remainder of the singles’ matches. No. 56 Zguns fell to No. 43 Velicka, the Central Region’s top-ranked player, at No. 1, 6-4, 6-3. Gajjar, ranked 77th, lost at No. 2 to Ivanov, 6-3, 6-4. Roberts, a junior and the nation’s No. 121 player, dropped his match, 5-7, 6-3, 10-8, to Fukala at No. 3. Zguns, Gajjar and Roberts are all now 2-1 on the season.

Sophomore Matt Simpson lost his match at No. 4, 6-1, 6-3, to Tanasoiu in the No. 4 slot. Parker was beaten by Lee Gregg, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 6.

“I liked our chances going into singles,” Cox said, “but we got beat by a great team. Oklahoma showed great heart, spirit and class. Now, we have got to regroup.”

Arkansas returns to the court Friday in Columbus, Ohio, where they will take on the 17th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Hogs’ next match in Fayetteville is March 25th against the 18th-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores. The match is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the UA Tennis Complex.

1. Garrison/Fukala (OU) def. Ismail/Roberts (UA), 9-8
2. Zguns/Gajjar (UA) def. Velicka/Tanasoiu (OU), 8-4
3. Ivanov/Thomas (OU) def. Parker/Nicoara (UA), 8-1

1. Marek Velicka (OU) def. Adrians Zguns (UA), 6-4,6-3
2. Alexei Ivanov (OU) def. Rohan Gajjar (UA), 6-3,6-4
3. Andrei Fukala (OU) def. Matt Roberts (UA), 7-5,6-3,10-8
4. Silviu Tanasoiu (OU) def. Matt Simpson (UA), 6-1,6-3
5. Imraan Ismail (UA) def. Tommy Garrison (OU), 7-6,6-3
6. Lee Gregg (OU) def. Talley Parker (UA), 6-4, 7-5

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