FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas returns from a 12-day absence Friday afternoon when the 16th-ranked Razorbacks host the 8th-ranked Florida Gators at 1:30 at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center in Fayetteville.
The match was originally to be played at the Wal-Mart Health & Tennis Center in Bentonville, but the temperature Friday is not expected to be over 50 degrees, forcing the match indoors.
The Razorbacks (11-5, 2-2 SEC) have not played since March 12. The Hogs were upset by then-No. 29 Kentucky, 4-3, in Lexington.
Florida (8-5, 2-2) dropped a midweek match to No. 3 Illinois, 5-2, in Gainesville.
The Hogs and Gators are meeting for the 17th time, with Florida holding a 15-1 series advantage. UA last defeated UF on March 1, 1992, in Fayetteville.
The 8th-ranked Gators are the 12th ranked opponent Arkansas will have faced this season. The Razorbacks are 6-5 against ranked competition, including wins over No. 11 Virginia, No. No. 33 Tennessee, No. 44 Oklahoma and a pair of wins over No. 25 Tulsa.
Florida brings one of the nation’s most formidable singles lineups to Fayetteville. The Gators feature five of the nation’s top-100 players, led by sophomores Greg Ouelette (32) and Nestor Briceno (38).
The Razorbacks also boast one of the nation’s strongest singles attacks. Arkansas boasts four of the nation’s top-105 players, and one time was the only team in collegiate tennis with four players ranked in the top-55. The Hogs are led by seniors Adrians Zguns (13), Matt Roberts (49), Rohan Gajjar (74) and freshman Blake Strode (102).
Zguns is only two wins shy of becoming only the fourth player in school history to notch 100 career victories. He currently sits fourth on the school’s all-time wins list with 98, three behind Oskar Johansson for the third (101).
The Razorbacks and Gators are set for a 1:30 p.m. first serve at the Dills Center. The Dills Center is located directly across from Bud Walton Arena on Razorback Road. Admission is free and there will be refreshments for fans.