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Razorbacks Set for Sunday Showdown with No. 28 Tennessee

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks Set for Sunday Showdown with No. 28 Tennessee

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas concludes its Southeastern Conference opening weekend Sunday, as the 21st-ranked Razorbacks welcome 28th-ranked Tennessee.

Due to construction on the UA Outdoor Tennis Courts, the match with the Volunteers is set to be played at the Wal-Mart Health and Tennis Center in Bentonville (Right off Exit 86 on I-540). If the weather does not cooperate, the match will be moved to the Dills Indoor Tennis Center across from Bud Walton Arena on Razorback Road in Fayetteville.

Fans can call (479)575-4949 after 11 a.m. Sunday to find out the definite site of the UA-UT match. Also, www.hogwired.com will have the location posted two hours before the match.

Arkansas (8-4, 0-1 SEC) is coming off a, 5-2, setback to No. 1 Georgia Friday. Tennessee (5-2, 0-1 SEC) dropped their conference opener at LSU, 4-3.

The Volunteers claimed last season’s contest in Knoxville, 5-2. The Razorbacks ousted the Vols from the 2004 NCAA Tournament second round in Fayetteville, propelling the Hogs to the Sweet 16.

Sophomore Bobby Cameron has manned the No. 1 singles position for Tennessee all season. Cameron is 5-2 at that spot and also has a 5-2 record playing in doubles during the dual-match season. Freshman Derek Stephens sports a 4-2 singles record in dual-match play. Tennessee has won the doubles point six times this season, including all five of its victories.

Arkansas will counter with one of the SEC’s deepest singles lineups. The Razorbacks have four players ranked in the national top-55, led by senior Adrians Zguns, ranked 25th. Zguns will play No. 1 and is 9-0 in dual matches this spring. Senior Rohan Gajjar, ranked 54th, should man the No. 2 slot. Gajjar took Georgia’s top-ranked John Isner to a third-set Friday. Fellow senior Matt Roberts, ranked 40th, will fill the No. 3 position. Roberts is 8-2 in duals, and is 17-5 overall this season. Freshman Blake Strode, ranked 41st, will play No. 4 for the Hogs. Strode is 14-3 overall and 6-1 in dual tilts.

Sophomore Colin Mascall will take the No. 5 court for UA. Mascall is 6-4 this season. The No. 6 position will either be sophomore Michael Jung, sophomore Jimmy Khougassian or freshman Austin King. Khougassian played No. 6 Friday for the Hogs.

Again, fans can call (479)575-4949 after 11 a.m. Sunday to find out the definite site of the UA-UT match. Also, www.hogwired.com will have the location posted two hours before the match.



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