CHICAGO, Ill. – No. 30 Arkansas lost a tough doubles point, and the young Razorbacks lost at No. 71 DePaul, 6-1, at the Lakeshore Athletic Center in Chicago, Ill.
The loss is the third consecutive for the Razorbacks (1-3), who were set to play Chicago St. at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Blake Strode provided the Hogs’ lone point against the Blue Demons. The 57th-ranked sophomore from St. Louis, Mo. notched a win at No. 1 singles against George Wang, 7-6, 6-4. Strode improves to 11-4 on the season and 2-1 in dual matches.
In other singles action, Arkansas, which featured three true freshman in its lineup, were swept by the Blue Demons. Andrei Nicoara, the Hogs’ only senior, forced a third set on court five before falling to Alasdair Graetz, 6-0,4-6,6-3. Freshman Dmitry Vlaskin won his opening set against Jack Komar, but could not hang out on court six, losing, 6-7,6-3,6-2.
Arkansas won the first doubles match off the court, with Strode and Colin Mascall claiming a, 8-6, victory over Austin Doerner and Jose Moncada at No. 1 doubles. DePaul fought back to claim the other two doubles contests and take a 1-0 lead heading into singles.
Strode and Mascall improved to 3-0 at No. 1 doubles on the season.
The results of the Razorbacks nightcap against Chicago St. will be posted on Hogwired.com when available.
#71 DePaul 6, #30 Arkansas 1
February 3, 2007
Lakefront Athletic Center, Chicago, Ill.
No. 1-Strode/Mascall (Arkansas) def. Doerner/Moncada (DePaul) 8-6
No. 2-Wang/Graetz (DePaul) def. Nicoara/Joost (Arkansas) 8-4
No. 3-Grgec/Wilson (DePaul) def. Sosebee/Vlaskin (Arkansas) 8-4
No. 1-#57 Blake Strode (Arkansas) def. George Wang (DePaul) 7-6, 6-4
No. 2-Austin Doerner (DePaul) def. Colin Mascall (Arkansas) 6-3, 6-2
No. 3-Jose Moncada (DePaul) def. Gabriel Mattos (Arkansas) 7-6, 6-2
No. 4-Vanja Grgec (DePaul) def. Dmitry Lebedev (Arkansas) 6-2, 7-6
No. 5-Alasdair Graetz (DePaul) def. Andrei Nicoara (Arkansas) 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
No. 6-Jack Komar (DePaul) def. Dmitry Vlaskin (Arkansas) 6-7, 6-3, 6-2