TULSA, Okla. – Senior Taj Harrison and sophomore Mike Nott teamed up in the doubles draw of the ITA Central Regional Championships on Saturday and advanced to the second round of play with an 8-5 win over Oklahoma State’s Chris Haworth and Trevor Horstmann. The win gave the University of Arkansas men’s tennis team their fifth win of the tournament before adding two more wins in the singles draw.
Nott, who was coming off a strong first day of the regional by winning two straight singles matches just to advance to the main draw, made it three in a row with his win against Peerakit Siributwong of Oklahoma, 6-4, 6-3. Siributwong was the No. 6 seed of the tournament and ranked No. 84 in the nation by ITA. It was also Nott’s fifth win of the fall season. Unfortunately, Nott could not earn his sixth win as he was dropped by Jonas Dierckx of Iowa, 6-1, 6-1.
Harrison was the other Razorback looking to advance past the first round on Saturday after making it through qualifying on Friday. Harrison faced Wichita State’s Guillermo Nicol, but could not get anything going in the 6-1, 6-4 loss.
Sophomore Manfred Jeske played his first match of the weekend on Friday and won his second match of the year with a straight set victory over Bradley’s Hamish Weerasinghe, 6-1, 6-3. However, Jeske would suffer the same fate as Nott and not advance past the second round. Rifat Biktyakov of Oklahoma State ousted the Razorback, but not without a fight. Jeske fell behind early with a 6-1 first set loss, but came back huge in the second set, winning 6-2. The third set was forced to a tiebreaker, but it was Biktyakov that came out on top, 7-6(0).
On Sunday, all three Razorbacks will play in the consolation bracket of singles, but Nott and Harrison will look to continue their run in the doubles main draw. Their next match will be against Julian Dehn and Rok Bonin of Minnesota and will start at 8 a.m. All singles matches will follow soon after.
ITA Central Regional Day 2 results
Complete Doubles Results
Mike Nott/Taj Harrison (ARK) def. Chris Haworth/Trevor Horstmann (OSU) 8-5
Complete Singles Results
Manfred Jeske (ARK) def. Hamish Weerasinghe (BRAD) 6-1, 6-3
Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) def. Manfred Jeske (ARK) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(0)
Mike Nott (ARK) def. Peerakit Siributwong (OU) 6-4, 6-3
Jonas Dierckx (IOWA) def. Mike Nott (ARK) 6-1, 6-1
Guillermo Nicol (WSU) def. Taj Harrison (ARK) 6-1, 6-4