Razorbacks Fall to Horned Frogs 6-1
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas suffered its first loss of the young season on Thursday afternoon as the Razorback tennis team fell to the Texas Christian Horned Frogs 6-1 in dual match play at the University of Arkansas Indoor Tennis Center.
The 16th ranked Horned Frogs (3-0) won two of three doubles matches and captured five of six singles matches to claim the victory over 40th ranked Arkansas (2-1) in a battle of Region VI opponents.
“TCU came out today and took it to us,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “You have to give them credit. They were able to win the doubles point and I thought that took a lot out of us. Henrik did a good job for us and Oskar fought hard, but we weren’t able to pull it off today.”
Junior Henrik Tofft provided the Razorback highlight by downing TCU’s Trace Fielding 6-4, 6-1 in number two singles play. Fellow junior Oskar Johansson battled TCU’s Esteban Carril to three sets before falling 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in number one singles play.
“Henrik really stepped up and play some solid tennis today,” Cox said. “He put on an exhibition on how to hit passing shots. He was sharp. It was too bad that we didn’t get some of that enthusiasm spread around a little bit. Oskar ran into a player that was hot today especially on his serve. Now that Oskar is among the top players in the nation, he is going to get everyone’s best shot.”
The most inspirational match of the day came when seniors Brad Berry and Chris Campbell defeated TCU’s Antonio Gordon and Sebastian Ianriello 8-5 in number three doubles action. Berry in particular caught the attention of the crowd and his coach with his style of play in the match. The Palm Desert, Calif. native attempted to provide his squad a spark with his effort.
“Brad was just a pleasure to watch on the court today,” Cox said. “Whatever he lacks in ability, he more than makes up for it with his enthusiasm and effort. He was diving all over the place and giving it everything he had. It’s good to see a senior trying to help his teammates.”
Arkansas will try to rebound on Sunday in its first Southeastern Conference match against the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The Hogs and Dawgs will toss things up at Noon at the University of Arkansas Indoor Tennis Center.
TCU 6, Arkansas 1
Esteban Carril (TCU) d. Oskar Johansson (UA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Henrik Tofft (UA) d. Trace Fielding (TCU) 6-4, 6-1
Scott Eddins (TCU) d. Tiago Azevado (UA) 6-3, 6-4
Antonio Gordon (TCU) d. Magnus Kullenberg (UA) 7-5, 6-0
Petr Koula (TCU) d. Aleksey Bubis (UA) 6-4, 6-4
Jimmy Haney (TCU) d. Chris Campbell (UA) 6-3, 6-2
Carril/Fielding (TCU) d. Tofft/Deaton (UA) 8-3
Eddins/Haney (TCU) d. Johansson/Eduardo Pacheco (UA) 8-5
Berry Campbell (UA) d. Gordon/Sebastian Ianriello (TCU) 8-5
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