ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Arkansas men’s tennis team won five matches Sunday on the final day of competition at the Navy Invitational. Bradwin Williams and Jorge Villanueva were named champions of flights two and six, respectively, after going undefeated in singles play during the weekend.
“We finished very strong and played our best tennis of the weekend today, so it was a good start to the fall season for us,” head coach Robert Cox said.
Williams defeated Nicolai Nielsen of Maryland in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, at the No.-2 spot. Villanueva, playing at No. 6 all weekend, was also extended to three sets and pulled out a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win over Alex Aksanov. The Razorback sophomore also won flight-three of doubles play with partner Sergey Avdeyev from the University of Oklahoma. On Sunday, the pair beat Aksanov and Mike Coleman by a score of 8-4.
Taylor King dropped the first set of his match Sunday, but recovered to complete his return to action with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Princeton’s Mark Gober. King finished the weekend with a 2-1 singles record. He and Williams defeated the Princeton team of Gober and Jonathan Leslie, 8-4, in double play Sunday.
“I was real pleased to see Taylor get back on the courts and excited about Bradwin notching three wins (in singles),” Cox said. “The team they faced today was probably the best team they played all weekend, so it was good to see them get their first doubles win.”
The three Razorbacks combined for a 12-3 record at the Navy Invitational, including an 8-1 mark in singles play.
Arkansas will continue its fall season Sept. 21-23 at the Southern Intercollegiate in Athens, Ga. Log on to www.hogwired.com for continued coverage of Razorback tennis.
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