FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas men’s tennis (11-8, 1-4 SEC) will face Auburn (11-7, 1-5 SEC) in its second home match in two days at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center at 1 p.m., CT on Sunday.
Admission is free and open to the public. The match will take place at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center, located at 1503 Nettleship Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Free pizza will be available to fans as supplies lasts.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Razorbacks were defeated by No. 15 Florida, 4-0, in Fayetteville on Friday.
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.
– The Razorbacks look to collect their second SEC win of the season.
– Playing primarily in the No. 6 spot, freshman David Herrerias has won eight straight singles matches. The Castro Urdiales, Spain native’s 6-2, 6-2 win over Alabama’s Sean Donohue proved key in the Razorbacks’ victory against the Crimson Tide on March 5 and his 9-2 dual record is the best on the team.
– After struggling in the beginning of dual play, junior Giammarco Micolani has won seven of his last eight completed matches in the No. 1 position. Most notably, Micolani defeated reigning SEC Player of the Year and No. 23 ITA-ranked Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss) on March 12.
– Leading the Razorbacks in dual doubles play is the duo of den Toom and Alabanese. Competing in the No. 3 spot, the pair holds a 7-1 record and has not faced defeat since Feb. 8.
A LOOK AT AUBURN (11-7, 1-5 SEC):
Auburn is on a five-match losing streak, not having won since defeating South Carolina 4-2 in Auburn, Alabama on Feb. 26. Most recently, the Tigers fell to No. 13 Ole Miss 4-1 on Friday. Auburn was able to collect a doubles win on court three, but lost the point after falling in the No. 1 and 2 spots. Dante Saleh claimed the lone singles victory of the day, beating Vinod Gowda 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 on court five.
Three Auburn players are currently ranked in the ITA singles top 125. Lukas Ollert is ranked No. 59, Maxime Hinnisdaels is No. 103 and Marko Krickovic came in at No. 121.
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