Razorbacks Top ITA Regional Rankings
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In the season’s first Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional Rankings released on Thursday the Arkansas tennis team had an excellent showing as sophomore Adrians Zguns and senior Nathan Price topped the list at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
“I’m delighted the program is getting its just due in the region based on our outstanding fall season,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox said. “I’m really proud of Adrian and Nathan for being ranked No. 1 and 2. Now we just need to go out there and get ready for the spring.”
Zguns’ fall campaign was highlighted with his win at the Region V Championships. He posted five consecutive victories at the event, including wins over teammates Imraan Ismail and Price. Additionally, Zguns defeated six ranked players in the fall, including No. 22, Matt Cloer of Florida State and No. 6 Chad Harris of Vanderbilt. He also won four straight at the Icy/Hot Men’s All-American Championships.
Price played in several fall events and had success in each one. He posted a 16-6 fall record with six straight victories at the Icy Hot Men’s All-American Championships. He reached the finals of the Region V Championships, where he played Zguns. At the ITA National Indoor Championships he defeated Richard Barker of Rice, No. 18 in the nation, to reach the consolation finals.
Sophomore Rohan Gajjar found himself ranked 12th after recording a fall record of 5-4. Junior transfer Imraan Ismail was close behind in 14th. Ismail went 5-6 in four tournaments this past fall and won three straight matches at the regional championships. Sophomore Matt Roberts was next in the 22nd spot, while freshman Viktor Hebrand rounded out the team in 28th.
Three Arkansas doubles teams were also ranked. Rohan and Ismail were tops among the Razorbacks and received a No. 5 ranking. Zguns and Price were eighth and Roberts and Hebrand were 18th.
With a solid fall season under its belts Arkansas will open up the 2004 spring season on Jan. 15-19, at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships in Athens, Ga.
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