FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas tennis was swept by regional foe No. 14 Oklahoma State, 7-0, Wednesday afternoon in Stillwater, Okla., at the DuBois Tennis Center. The Cowboys move to 13-1 on the season while the Hogs have posted a record of 6-17.
Allowing four of their top six players a day to recuperate, Arkansas’ singles line up sported five freshmen and one senior. The Hogs started the day taking one of the three doubles matches with a win from Branden Joost and Jorge Villanueva. The pair, playing for the first time together, defeated Cowboys Artsem Burmistrau and Nathan Byrnes, 6-5 (5). Andrei Nicoara and Dmitry Lebedev fell at No. 1 while Drew Sosebee and Bradwin Williams lost at No. 3.
In singles play, matches No. 1 – No. 5 were lost in straight sets with No. 1 Nicoara, No. 2 Lebedev, No. 3 Villanueva, No. 4 Williams and No. 5 Joost. However, at the No. 6 spot, Drew Sosebee, making his first appearance since playing in the season opener on Feb. 6, took Nathan Byrnes to three sets and eventually was out-battled, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8.
The Razorbacks will return to Fayetteville for their final home matches of the season this weekend. The Hogs will host No. 40 Auburn, Fri., April 6 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 12 Alabama, Sun. April 8 at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.
No. 14 Oklahoma State 7, Arkansas 0DuBois Tennis Center • Stillwater, Okla.
DoublesNo. 1- #45 D. Byrnes/Nedovyesov (OSU) def. Nicoara/Lebedev (UA); 8-2No. 2- Joost/Villanueva (UA) def. Burmistrau/N. Byrnes (OSU); 6-5 (5)No. 3- Puchkarov/Petrov (OSU) def. Sosebee/Williams (UA); 8-2Order of finish: D3, D1*, D2
No. 1- #32 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (OSU) def. Andrei Nicoara (UA); 6-1, 6-4No. 2- #21 Ivan Puchkarov (OSU) def. Dmitry Lebedev (UA); 6-1, 6-4No. 3- Daniel Byrnes (OSU) def. Jorge Villanueva (UA); 6-3, 6-3No. 4- Dmytro Petrov (OSU) def. Bradwin Williams (UA); 6-1, 6-1No. 5- Artsem Burmistrau (OSU) def. Branden Joost (UA); 6-0, 6-1No. 6- Nathan Byrnes (OSU) def. Drew Sosebee (UA); 6-2, 2-6, 10-8Exh.- Jason Wright (OSU) def. Braden Burks (UA); 6-1, 6-2Order of finish: S5, S1, S2*, S4, S3, S6