FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In its first outdoor home match of the season, the University of Arkansas men’s tennis team faced a 4-0 defeat by No. 15 Florida at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center on Friday.
With the loss the Razorbacks fell to 11-8 overall, 1-4 in the SEC, while the Gators improved to 9-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
Florida got momentum going quickly as it took the doubles point in two matches. First, playing in the No. 1 position, junior Santiago Munoz and freshman Branch Terrell were bettered by Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin 6-3. Then, Razorback pair of junior Giammarco Micolani and senior Jovan Parlic fell to No. 33 Diego Hildalgo and Gordon Watson 6-2. Arkansas’ sophomore Johan den Toom and junior William Albanese were losing to Joshua Wardell and Oliver Landert 5-3 when play was called.
The Gators jumped out to a 3-0 lead, taking the No. 4 and 5 courts in straight sets. Arkansas made a bit of a comeback as Micolani, Albanese and freshman David Herrerias all pushed their competition to third sets. But the Razorbacks could not hold on and Parlic was defeated 7-5, 6-2 by No. 99 Orkin in the No. 2 spot.
Arkansas will next host its second home match of the week when it faces Auburn at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center at 1 p.m., CT on Sunday.
Arkansas vs No. 15 Florida
March 20, 2015 at Fayetteville, Ark.
George M. Billingsley Tennis Center
No. 16 Florida 4, Arkansas 0
1. Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Santiago Munoz/Branch Terrell (ARK) 6-3
2. Diego Hildalgo/Gordon Watson (UF) def. Giammarco Micolani/Jovan Parlic (ARK) 6-2
3. William Albanese/Johan den Toom (ARK) vs. Joshua Wardell/Oliver Landert (UF) 3-5, unfinished
1. Giammarco Micolani (ARK) vs. #64 Diego Hildalgo (UF) 4-6, 6-1, unfinished
2. #99 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Jovan Parlic (ARK) 7-5, 6-2
3. William Albanese (ARK) vs. Maxx Lipman (UF) 4-6, 6-3, 5-0, unfinished
4. Gordon Watson (UF) def. Johan den Toom (ARK) 6-3, 6-4
5. Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) def. Santiago Munoz (ARK) 6-4, 6-1
6. David Herrerias (ARK) vs. Jordan Belga (UF) 2-6, 6-4, unfinished
Florida 9-5; National ranking #15
Arkansas 11-8; National ranking #56
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,2)
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