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Razorbacks Falter in 4-2 Loss to No. 14 South

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks Falter in 4-2 Loss to No. 14 South
COLUMBIA, S.C. – On the second leg of their first SEC road swing, the Razorbacks lost a disappointing match to the 14th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks in Sunday’s matchup, 4-2. With the loss, the Hogs fall to 10-6 and 2-3 in SEC play and are currently in third place in the SEC West. The Razorbacks have now dropped two straight contests and look to get back on the winning track with a spring break road swing to Georgia, Tennessee, and Jacksonville. The Gamecocks improved to 10-1 on the year and 3-1 in league play.

In doubles play, the Hogs’ troubles continued as South Carolina quickly won the doubles point. At No. 1 doubles, Marcus Westman and Tom Eklund upended the Razorback dup of Aleksey Bubis and Matt Roberts, 8-4. Number two doubles saw Seth Rose and Carl Wermee clinch the doubles point with an 8-3 win over Eduardo Pacheco and Adrians Zguns. The Gamecocks were leading the No. 3 match when it was suspended as Angelo Niculescu and Geraldo Knorr led Rohan Gajjar and Talley Parker, 7-6.

Singles play wasn’t as favorable for the Hogs either as the Razorbacks were down 3-0 in quick fashion. At two, Niculescu ended Pacheco’s day, 6-2, 6-2 to give USC a 2-0 lead. Not long after, Ben Atkinson defeated Hunter Benson on six, 6-3, 6-4. With their backs to the wall, the Hogs responded as the next two matches off the court would be Razorback victories.

Gajjar defeated Eklund on four, 6-3, 7-6 to put Arkansas on the board. On court three, Zguns would become Arkansas first 20-match winner of the year, knocking off Westman, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, to pull the Hogs within one at 3-2.

The clincher would come on court five as Wermee defeated Roberts, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, to give the Gamecocks the 4-2 win. A bright spot for the Hogs found Aleksey Bubis leading Seth Rose 7-6, 1-6, 5-4 when the match was suspended.

The Hogs’ will next face the University of Georgia when they travel to Athens on March 14.

No. 14 South Carolina 4, No. 20 Arkansas 2
March 9, 2003 – Columbia, S.C.
Doubles

No. 1: Marcus Westman/Tom Eklund (USC) def. Aleksey Bubis/Matt Roberts, 8-4
No. 2: Seth Rose/Carl Wermee (USC), def. Eduardo Pacheco/Adrians Zguns (UA), 8-3
No. 3: Angelo Niculescu/Tom Knorr (USC) led Rohan Gajjar/Talley Parker (UA), 7-6, susp.

Singles
No. 1: Bubis (UA) led Rose, 7-6, 1-6, 5-4, susp.
No. 2: No. 122 Niculescu (USC) def. Pacheco, 6-3, 6-3; USC 2-0
No. 3: Zguns (UA) def. Westman, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5; USC 3-2
No. 4: Gajjar (UA) def. Eklund, 6-3, 7-6; USC 3-1
No. 5: Wermee (USC) def. Roberts, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2; USC 4-2
No. 6: Ben Atkinson (USC) def. Hunter Benson, 6-3, 6-4; USC 3-0



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