Ann Arbor, Mich.- Arkansas tennis players Adrians Zguns, No. 71 in the nation, and Nathan Price struggled Thursday as they both lost in action at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Championships.
“Both Adrians and Nathan played good tennis, but not great tennis,” head coach Robert Cox said. “Both could have played better tennis today, but they competed hard and because of that they had their chances to win.”
Zguns and Price both competed in first round action Thursday morning. Zguns took on Hamid Mirzadeh, No. 8 in the nation, of Florida. The first set went Mirzadeh’s way as he won by a break, 7-5. In the second set, both would battle to a six all tie, and would need a tiebreaker to decide the set. Zguns took the tiebreaker easily winning it 7-2 to take the set, 7-6. The third would be all Mirzadeh as he won the match, 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-2.
Price played Cliff Nguyen of Harvard in first round action. Nguyen took the first set after a close battle, 7-5. The second set went Price’s way as he took the set by a break of serve, 6-3. In the third set, both Price and Nguyen would continue to play competitive tennis, but Nguyen would gain the upper hand as he won the match, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
Both Zguns and Price will continue action Friday as they play in the consolation rounds of the ITA National Indoor Championships at 8:30 a.m.
Round of 32:
#8 Hamid Mirzadeh(UF) def. #71 Adrians Zguns, 7-5,6-7(2),6-2
Cliff Nguyen(Harvard) def. Nathan Price, 7-5,3-6,6-4