FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 43 Razorback men’s tennis team is coming off a weekend sweep of Wichita State and Southern Miss, but won’t get much time for rest as it will be back out on the courts on Tuesday to compete in a doubleheader against Missouri-Kansas City and Lamar.
The team is fresh off a 4-0 win over the 66th-ranked Golden Eagles of Southern Miss and got good performances from not only the usual suspects, but also some underclassmen. Freshman Jovan Parlic actually scored the clinching victory for the Razorbacks against Southern Miss as he defeated Jovan Zeljkovic in a tight three-setter, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Parlic now has 10 wins on the year and is the sixth Razorback to reach the 10-win plateau in singles this season.
Two days before, the Hogs took on the No. 69 Shockers from Wichita State and had another battle on their hands. Fortunately, Arkansas was able to lean on its seniors of Nikolas Zogaj and Matt Walters, who both earned singles victories in the 5-2 win.
Zogaj, who was playing in his first matches as the 120th-ranked singles player in the nation backed up the new ranking with two wins over the weekend as he is now 15-10 on the year and a winner of five of his last six singles matches.
In doubles, the men’s top doubles team of Walters and junior Hall Fess was looking to stop a two-match skid they had coming into the weekend’s matches. Stop the skid they did as they won two straight to move to 18-4 on the year and now have 10 wins in dual play.
Fess and Walters’ 9-8(7) win over Wichita State’s David Cavalcanti and Matheus Pereira was also the clinching match to give Arkansas the doubles point.
The Razorbacks have been extraordinary this season when it comes to doubles play as they have won 12 possible doubles points out of 16 matches.
The first match on Tuesday will pit the Razorbacks against the UMKC ‘Roos. UMKC comes in with a 1-8 record after dropping its home opener on March 12 against Abilene Christian, 6-1. The ‘Roos opened up the day with doubles action, where the No. 3 pairing of sophomore Tomas Patino and freshman Conner Edwards downed Michael Morris and Cody McCarty, 8-3. , while Abdul Alawadhi claimed the ‘Roos only victory in singles action and point with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Morris at No. 5. The ‘Roos lone win came in a 5-2 win against Saint Louis.
UMKC is led by Grant Fleming, who has a 5-2 overall record this season, all of which came in dual play. In doubles, the team of Conner Edwards and Tomas Patino hold down the top spot with a 2-2 record with both of their wins coming from the No. 3 spot.
Arkansas will then take on Lamar just a couple hours after the conclusion of the UMKC match. The Cardinals out of Beaumont, Texas come in with a 3-4 record and will play UMKC today in Fayetteville. Lamar has wins against Abilene Christian, Marist and Troy. They are led by Robert Lee and Bruno Snyder, who both have three wins this year, all in dual play. Lee has primarily been the Cardinals No. 1 or No. 2 player in singles, while Snyder has been holding down the No. 5 or No. 6 spot.
In doubles, Lamar has three teams with two wins to top the squad. Their No. 1 doubles team of Marton Horvath and Lee are 2-5 this year, but have a four-match losing streak coming into Monday’s match with UMKC.
Tuesday’s first match with UMKC is set to start at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the match with Lamar at 1:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Billingsley Tennis Center. The decision of whether the matches will be indoors or outdoors will be decided on the day of the match.
Live stats and the live blog will be available for both matches. A complete recap with results will be posted online following the day’s play.