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@RazorbackMTEN Comes From Behind To Notch First SEC Win

BY ANDRES FOCIL
@RazorbackMTEN Comes From Behind To Notch First SEC Win

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team won their first SEC match under new head coach Andy Jackson Sunday, winning a 4-3 come-from-behind decision over Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala..

The Razorbacks won the doubles point for the second straight match with wins on courts 1 and 2. The No. 41 pair of seniors Hall Fess and Pete Thomason won their third SEC match to move to 3-1 in league play, taking down their opponents 8-7 (7-2). Seniors Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske, the other ranked pair at No. 56, also took down their opponents in a smooth 8-4 victory, notching their first win of the season.

Taking a 1-0 lead into singles play, the Razorbacks quickly found themselves down 3-1 with only three courts left in action. Arkansas held leads on all three courts and pulled each victory out in three-set decisions.

Junior Jovan Parlic struck first, eliminating his opponent 3‐6, 6‐3, 6‐2. Freshman Johan den Toom was the next Razorback to finish, winning a 4‐6, 7‐6 (8‐6), 6‐3 decision for his third SEC victory in four matches. Den Toom went on a six-match win streak earlier this spring and is now halfway to repeating that feat.

Senior Manfred Jeske was the last in play and it came down to a third set on court 2. After tiebreakers in the first two sets, 6‐7 (2‐7), 7‐6 (11‐9), Jeske came out blazing in the third and stayed cool to win 6-2.

The victory propels Arkansas to 1-3 in league play, the first time Arkansas has taken down Alabama since before 2006.

The Razorbacks return home to host a doubleheader on Friday, facing Texas A&M at 3 p.m. and Nebraska-Omaha at 7 p.m.

Tennis Match Results

Arkansas vs Alabama

March 9, 2014 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

(Alabama Tennis Stadium)

Arkansas 4, Alabama 3

Singles competition

1. #17 Daniil Proskura (UA) def. Mike Nott (AR) 6‐1, 6‐2

2. Manfred Jeske (AR) def. Nikko Madregallejo (UA) 6‐7 (2‐7), 7‐6 (11‐9), 6‐2

3. Stuart Kenyon (UA) def. Hall Fess (AR) 7‐5, 6‐4

4. Jovan Parlic (AR) def. Sean Donohue (UA) 3‐6, 6‐3, 6‐2

5. Johan den Toom (AR) def. Andrew Goodwin (UA) 4‐6, 7‐6 (8‐6), 6‐3

6. Hayes Brewer (UA) def. Christian Lee (AR) 6‐1, 6‐2

Doubles competition

1. Manfred Jeske/Mike Nott (AR) def. Sean Donohue/Hayes Brewer (UA) 8‐4

2. Hall Fess/Pete Thomason (AR) def. Nikko Madregallejo/Daniil Proskura (UA) 8‐7 (7‐2)

3. Andrew Goodwin/Stuart Kenyon (UA) def. Jacob Herndon/Johan den Toom (AR) 8‐5

Match Notes:

Arkansas 9‐9, 1‐3 SEC

Alabama 7‐7, 2‐2 SEC

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,3,4,5,2)

Download: vs Alabama Box.pdf



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