FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas tennis team got its fall season off to a great start by winning nine of 10 matches in a pair of tournaments on Friday.
At the flighted Navy Invitational, the Razorbacks squared off against the Midshipmen and won eight of nine matches. Arkansas won all six singles matches and two of three doubles contests.
Sophomore Matt Simpson claimed a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Stanley Kahl at No. 1; junior Matt Roberts won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 over Brandon Carter; senior Imraan Ismail won at No. 3 over Davy Lee, 6-3, 7-6; senior Talley Parker posted a 6-3, 7-6 victory at No. 4 over Adrian Lai; sophomore Andrei Nicoara won 6-3, 6-4 against Alex James at No. 5; and freshman Michael Jung posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Haley Dodson at No. 6 in his first collegiate match.
In doubles, Roberts and Ismail won at No. 1 over Carter and Kahl, 8-3; and Parker and Nicoara won at No. 3 over Kyle Jones and Nathan Malnati, 8-2. Simpson and Jung lost at No. 2 to Lai and Lee, 8-4.
“It was good to play somebody in a different colored shirt,” head coach Robert Cox said. “I’m really pleased with our conditioning. (Strength coaches) Adam Taylor and Matt Turner have really done a good job with our guys. We look like we picked up where we left off last year.”
Meanwhile, in another individual draw tournament, junior Rohan Gajjar advanced at the Tulsa Hurricane Invitational with an opening round 6-4, 7-5 victory over Ben Harknett of Rice. Gajjar, ranked No. 116 in the nation, faces Roger Gubser of Texas on Saturday. Gubser is ranked No. 112.
At Navy, the Razorbacks face Richmond at 2 p.m. on Saturday in another individual flighted matchup. On Sunday, the Hogs face Oklahoma at 9 a.m.
Arkansas returned eight players from last year’s 16-10 club when reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and ended the season ranked No. 23 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.