FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas ends a two-week layoff Saturday when they travel to West Point, N.Y., to take on the Army Black Knights in a dual match scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Central time at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center.
The Razorbacks, who moved up to No. 20 in the latest ITA national rankings, begin a brutal stretch with the trip to West Point. After Saturday’s match, the Hogs return to Fayetteville Tuesday for a critical Central Region match with No. 53 Oklahoma. Arkansas then travels to Columbus, Ohio Feb. 11 to battle the 11th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The Razorbacks also play Feb. 12 in Columbus against No. 60 Michigan State.
“We’re getting ready to embark on an eight day litmus test on how good we really are,” Coach Robert Cox said, “We go to Army, and then we come back for a huge regional match against Oklahoma. After that, we’re at No. 11 Ohio St. next Friday, and we’ve got Michigan St. Saturday. We’re definitely going to be tested.”
The top of the Razorbacks’ lineup is set with juniors Adrians Zguns, Rohan Gajjar and Matt Roberts, all of who are nationally ranked. After that, Cox says he sees “as many as 10 different Hogs seeing action.”
Cox said his team is anxious to get back on the court.
“I’m excited and the guys are excited, so the march begins.”
Arkansas returns to Fayetteville Tuesday to host Oklahoma. The pivotal Central Region match is slated for 5 p.m. at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.