Razorbacks Return Home to Face Vanderbilt & Ke
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a lengthy eight-match road stretch the Razorback tennis team will finally have the opportunity to compete at home when UA hosts Southeastern Conference opponents Vanderbilt and Kentucky. The Hogs will face the 40th-ranked Commodores at 1:30 p.m. on Friday March 25, and the 30th-ranked Wildcats at 1 p.m. on Sunday March 27. Both contests will be played at the UA Outdoor Tennis Complex.
“We are definitely ready to get back home and play in front of our fans,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “We’ve been playing on the road so long that the last time we were in Fayetteville it was February and we had to play inside. I’m confident that the guys will get out there and compete hard as we face two of the more successful SEC teams, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.”
Vanderbilt is coming off a 4-3 win over South Carolina at Columbia on Wednesday and is 9-4 for the season and 1-3 in the SEC. Kentucky is also 1-3 in conference action, but 11-6 overall. UK’s latest win came over Murray State, 7-0. Arkansas is ranked 71st in the nation and has a 2-9 record. The Hogs will be looking to pick up a league victory while having the advantage of a hometown crowd.
Junior Rohan Gajjar is leading Arkansas with a No. 57 national ranking and has a 17-8 record. Another pair of juniors, including Adrians Zguns and Matt Roberts, both recorded victories at UNLV on Tuesday and hope to keep their winning ways alive this weekend. Zguns is 11-9 for the year, while Roberts boasts a standing of 20-6.
Vanderbilt carries one nationally ranked singles player, No. 38 Scott Brown, who is 10-3 for the year. Brown is also a part of the formerly 27th-ranked doubles team, with his partner being Jason Pinsky. The duo is 11-1 and has registered two wins over ranked opponents.
Kentucky has one the league’s highest ranked singles player with No. 4 Jesse Witten. He is 28-5 for the year and 12-6 in doubles play with teammate Tigran Martirosyan. The pair is also ranked at No. 21 in the NCAA as they have posted three victories over ranked opponents.
The Razorbacks’ next match will be at Tulsa on March 30 at 5 p.m.
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